Hundreds of opponents and supporters of legislation that would establish full marriage equality are expected to be on hand for hearings in the Rhode Island Statehouse today. Openly gay House Speaker Gordon Fox, a Democrat, has promised a vote on the measure before the end of the month, but Democratic Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed opposes the bill. Rhode Island is only state in New England to forbid the marriages of same-sex couples within its borders, though the state does allow legal civil unions and recognizes
the marriages of same-sex couples who wed elsewhere.

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