DOMA http://ripr.org en No Lines So Far for Marriage License at Providence City Hall http://ripr.org/post/no-lines-so-far-marriage-license-providence-city-hall <p>The City of Providence started accepting pre-applications for same-sex marriage licenses Monday, but the throngs of people expected failed to materialize.&nbsp; As of midday only two gay couples had applied, according to city registrar Serena Conley.</p><p>“Well this morning we’ve had two couples in. They were here bright and early, 8:30 in the morning, very excited to be here,” said Conley, who adds both couples were male. “They were extremely excited and very, very happy. One couple was actually grinning from ear to ear.”</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:24:49 +0000 Flo Jonic 19189 at http://ripr.org No Lines So Far for Marriage License at Providence City Hall DOMA Ruling Won't Change Much For RI's Largest Health Insurer http://ripr.org/post/doma-ruling-wont-change-much-ris-largest-health-insurer <p>It’s unclear how exactly Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on DOMA will affect health care coverage for same-sex spouses. But Rhode Island’s largest health insurer has already been extending such benefits.</p><p>As an employer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been offering health coverage to its employees’ same-sex spouses since 2010, said Blue cross compliance officer Martha Holt Castle.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:44:21 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17526 at http://ripr.org RI Reactions to SCOTUS Decision on DOMA http://ripr.org/post/ri-reactions-scotus-decision-doma <p>Congressman David Cicilline is calling this a good day for equality, reacting to news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.</p><p>“No longer will people be discriminated against because of who they love,” said Cicilline, “and all marriages will be respected and people will be treated equally under the law. That’s a great victory.”</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:19:24 +0000 Catherine Welch 17502 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Health Insurer Reacts to DOMA Decision http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-health-insurer-reacts-doma-decision <p>It’s unclear how exactly Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on DOMA will affect health care coverage for same-sex spouses. But Rhode Island’s largest health insurer has already been extending such benefits.</p><p>As an employer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been offering health coverage to its employees’ same-sex spouses since 2010, said Blue Cross compliance officer Martha Holt Castle.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:29:51 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17495 at http://ripr.org