2nd June 2011
Rhode Island senate to consider gay civil unions bill 7
3:10 PM — A Rhode Island Senate panel are today considering a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to be joined in civil unions.
20th May 2011
Rhode Island House approves civil unions 17
11:22 AM — The Rhode Island House approved a civil unions bill yesterday. The measure will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to receive broad support. However, some gay rights activists are furious that a gay marriage bill was scrapped in favour of what they see as watered-down legislation.
28th April 2011
Gay US politician abandons plan for gay marriage this year 22
2:19 PM — The House Speaker for Rhode Island has abandoned efforts to bring marriage equality to the state this year. Gordon Fox, who is gay, says he will instead push for civil unions because a gay marriage bill does not have enough support to pass.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term elections: Four out gay representatives 4
3:45 PM — There are now four out gay men and women in the US House of Representatives after David Cicilline, a Democrat, won the Rhode Island congressional seat being vacated by retiring Representative Patrick Kennedy.
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.
19th October 2010
Wear purple on Wednesday in memory of gay teen suicides 14
5:24 PM — After a spate of suicides among gay US teenagers, people across the world will wear purple tomorrow to honour their memory. More than 1.3 million people have pledged on Facebook to mark 'Spirit Day', which was created by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan.
6th January 2010
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.