As same-sex marriage becomes legal in Rhode Island Thursday, state Representative Frank Ferri and his longtime partner are among those planning to mark the day by tying the knot. It took almost 20 years to legalize same-sex marriage in the Ocean State.
Ferri and his partner, Tony Caparco, plan to marry in Warwick this evening with about 300 friends and family members on hand. House Speaker Gordon Fox will perform the ceremony. Ferri, a Warwick Democrat, says the newfound ability of gays and lesbians to marry in Rhode Island will lend special meaning to the nuptials.
“This is more than just a wedding for Tony and I. It’s a celebration of all the hard work, all the education, all the time, the years, that people spent working on this, and that’s how we want to celebrate it,” said Ferri.
“It’s not going to be a traditional wedding with the dinner and the dancing. But it’s going to be a reception in the first hour and hors deourves and that kind of thing. And then we’re going to have a ceremony followed by a Champagne toast and cake. We are going to have cake and cut the cake.”
Due to a health scare in 2006, Ferri and Caparco had an impromptu marriage in Canada, as a way of protecting their business and property. But Ferri says the couple always wanted to get married in Rhode Island.