American Foundation for Equal Rights

Marriage News Blog

Weddings begin in Minnesota and Rhode Island

Gay and Lesbian couples can legally marry starting today in Rhode Island and Minnesota. About 30 percent of U.S. residents now live in states that recognize the freedom to marry.

Courthouses across Minnesota opened after midnight on Thursday to accommodate dozens of couples eager to tie the knot. State officials estimate about 5,000 gay and lesbian couples will marry during the law’s first year.

And with marriages beginning in Rhode Island, gay and lesbian couples can get married in every state in New England. The state legislature passed the marriage equality bill in April, and a last-ditch attempt to block the law failed in Superior Court on Tuesday.

In South America, Uruguay will begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples beginning Monday, August 5th.

Congratulations to all the engaged and newly-wed couples.