Providence, other Rhode Island cities won't open early to issue licenses or marry gay couples

  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 3:50 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence and other Rhode Island communities won't be issuing marriage licenses early on the morning that it becomes legal for same-sex couples to marry in the state.

In other states where gay marriage has become legal, some cities have opened up offices earlier than usual to issue the first licenses and marry couples seeking to wed.

The Associated Press checked with several Rhode Island cities and gay marriage advocates and was unable to find one that planned to open early on Thursday.

In the state's largest city, the Providence Department of Vital Statistics will open as usual at 8:30 a.m. Couples may pre-register starting Monday if they want to get their license first thing Thursday.

In Minnesota, where gay marriage also becomes legal on Thursday, some communities including Minneapolis plan to open offices early.

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