Gay rights groups in Rhode Island say the pending Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage could have local impact. The court is considering a landmark case that may determine whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
Rhode Island already recognizes same-sex marriage, but Sandra Richards, president of the local chapter of the LGBTQ support group known as PFLAG, says she is still looking for the high court to weigh in.
"There are a lot of implications to marriage equality that affect the daily lives of everyone, even just traveling," Richards said.
Richards says couples who travel to states that do not recognize same-sex marriage can face challenges, like being denied the right to visit an injured spouse.
Opponents of same-sex marriage say it is wrong to re-define the concept of marriage between a man and a woman.
The Supreme Court's decision is expected some time next month.