When Rhode Island’s marriage equality bill was signed into law on May 1, 2013, same-sex couples began looking forward to August 1, 2013, the law’s effective date.  Thoughts may have turned to cakes and invitation lists, but couples also should prepare by educating themselves about the legal practicalities of marriage.

To help couples plan ahead and avoid legal pitfalls, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, together with Marriage Equality Rhode Island and Rhode Islanders United for Marriage will offer a free webinar on Thursday, July 11, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

GLAD Attorney Janson Wu will present marriage basics and answer questions such as:

• What does Rhode Island require of couples who intend to marry?
• How will marriage affect my children?
• With the fall of DOMA, how will federal law treat my marriage?
• What if I already had a civil union in RI or was married in another state?

The webinar will include ample time for questions from participants.  Couples who are interested in signing up for the webinar can register online at https://www.glad.org/rimarriage