At least 500 people crowded into New Hampshire’s Statehouse in an emotional and sometimes boisterous hearing over whether allowing same sex marriage would weaken or strengthen the family institution.
Supporters argued same sex marriage is a civil rights issue and excluding gays would be discriminatory.
Opponents countered that marriage is a sacred religious institution that would be cheapened by allowing same sex couples to marry. They also said same sex marriage defies nature and could harm children.
Many attending Wednesday’s hearing also participated in dueling demonstrations before the hearing.