What was supposed to be a Thursday hearing on Rhode Island’s marriage equality bill bled over into the wee hours of Friday morning, the Providence Journal reports:
As of about 4 a.m., 9 of the 10-member of the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary committee were still listening to testimony at the hearing, according to Ray Sullivan, campaign directory for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, a group that supports same-sex marriage. The testimony ended at 4:57 a.m., Sullivan reported via Twitter. The committee did not vote on whether to move the legislation to the Senate floor.
Both supporters and opponents were out in force:
“It doesn’t take away rights from anyone. It extends them to all,” echoed George Nee, the head of the Rhode Island AFL CIO. He also quoted the sign carried by one of the advocates.
But opponents called same-sex marriage a threat to society, an affront to their religious beliefs, unnatural and an extreme agenda that will lead to fewer children, and eventually de-population.