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8:32 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Opponents unite against civil unions

PROVIDENCE, RI – Dozens of people on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate find themselves in an unlikely agreement after a hearing the Statehouse.

They're both against the creations of Civil Unions.

Testimony began a little after 5pm before the House Judiciary Committee and lasted more than three hours. During that time, both sides voiced their opposition to a Civil Union bill for same-sex couples.

Supporters of same-sex marriage told legislators the bill treats them as second citizens. Meanwhile, opponents came out against the bill saying it sanctions immoral behavior.

The Civil Union bill provides all the state rights now available to married couples in Rhode Island. But it lacks the federal rights given to married couples nationally.

The committee is deciding whether to advance the bill to House floor for consideration.

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