Cheapflights Travel blog has named Newport, Rhode Island, one of the world's top 10 "up-and-coming gay wedding destinations." The article comes following Rhode Island's legalization of marriage equality, which was signed into law by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee in May and takes effect today, August 1, 2013.
"As Rhode Island celebrates our first day of same-sex marriage, this ranking reaffirms our role as a welcoming environment for all couples," Governor Chafee said. "Our beautiful state is proud to be a home for many loving couples and a host to many more. We appreciate this recognition of Rhode Island's renowned tourism industry in a city emblematic of our state's long history of tolerance and diversity."
The article cites Rhode Island's scenic 400-mile coastline and "backdrop of spectacular beach scenery" as well as Newport's convenient location near Boston. The article also touts the city's lively atmosphere, including the bustling downtown areas, historic mansions, and multiple vineyards, which make it an ideal destination.