Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order today that allows Rhode
Island to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.
The executive order is expected to have many real-world
implications. Same-sex spouses of state employees and anyone covered by
an insurance company regulated in Rhode Island will be entitled to
health and life insurance benefits, gay rights advocates say.
Both partners in a same-sex couple will be able to list their names
as parents on a child’s birth certificate, and same-sex couples will be
entitled to sales tax exemptions on the transfer of property including
Rhode Island has been the one state in New England to drag it’s feet to actually legalizing same-sex marriage.