After 36 Years, Rhode Island Couple Can Now Tie The Knot

Aug 1, 2013

The General Assembly legalized same-sex marriage this past May, and when Gov. Chafee signed the legislation into law Rhode Island became the twelfth state in the country to do so. 

Today the state will begin to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

One of those couples planning to get married now that it is legal is Larry Bacon and Dave Burnett who have been together for 36 years.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison visited the couple at their home in Newport to talk with about what marriage equality means to them, and how what they’re planning for their big day.

Larry Bacon and Dave Burnett, in their Newport home, met in Maine over 36 years ago. They plan to get married in September.
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