A couple in an existing same-sex civil union may obtain a marriage license and have the civil union legally designated as a marriage. The effective date of the marriage is the date the marriage certificate is recorded in the town clerk's office. A couple may choose to continue their civil union instead of having it legally designated as a marriage. Civil union licenses are not available after August 1, 2013.
Reciprocity. A legal union other than a marriage that is entered into in another jurisdiction and provides substantially the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as a marriage is afforded the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as a valid marriage in Rhode Island.