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Rhode Island Senate committee hearing on marriage equality lasts for more than 12 hours

Marriage equality

By Jacob Combs

Yesterday, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee considered testimony on a proposed marriage equality bill which passed the state House in late January.  Astonishingly, the testimony began around 4 p.m. and lasted more than 12 hours, finally concluding at 4:57 a.m. the next morning.  From the Providence Journal:

Supporters and opponents of gay marriage offered testimony at a Senate hearing through the night, finally concluding at about 5 a.m. Friday morning.

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 judiciary committee did not take a vote on moving the bill to the Senate floor.


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