Hundreds of people have gathered at the Rhode Island Statehouse to weigh in on legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to marry in the Ocean State.
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hear several hours of testimony Tuesday evening from gay marriage supporters and opponents.
Rhode Island currently allows same-sex couples to create civil unions but efforts to pass gay marriage here have fallen flat.
House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay, wants the House to vote on the issue by month’s end.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed remains opposed to the legislation but has said she expects the Senate to consider it if it passes the House.
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.