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Judiciary Committee live blogging at MLN

Monday, March 26, 2007
Time: 2:09 PM

Today is an important day for those individuals fighting for same-sex marriage rights. Today at the State Capitol the Judiciary Committee is currently holding a public hearing where several people are testifying in support or opposition towards H.B. (House Bill) 7395: An Act Concerning Marriage Equality and S.B (Senate Bill) 1449: An Act concerning the recognition of legal unions from other states and jurisdictions.
Here's a basic run-down of H.B. 7395:
HB: 7395 would authorize persons of the same sex to enter into marriage. It removes the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman and redefines marriage as the legal union of two persons

As you could imagine, there are many people across the state who are keeping a close eye on this bill and there are hundreds of people watching the hearing at the State Capitol right now (the public has spilled over to three other overflow rooms). I think it's safe to assume that this hearing will be the lead story on the local news tonight.

For those who are not by a television, you can watch the public hearing
online at CT-N. You can also read the rough transcript of today's proceedings at the live blog open thread at My Left Nutmeg.

I'll provide video highlights of today's testimony later this evening.

FYI: State Senator David Cappiello is on the Judiciary Committee.

UPDATE: The blogoshpere is burning up over this hearing right now and a new open thread needed to be created on MLN due to the high volume of comments. I'm still in the process of posting highlights from today's hearing and I'll have everything posted on MLN later tonight. Here's testimony from State Senator Edith Prague (D-19th Dist.) offering her support for same sex marriage. She also responsed to a series of questions raised by people on the committee including State Senator Cappiello.

UPDATE 2: Today's testimony at the Judiciary has been incredible. Sorry for the lack of posts but I've been very busy at MLN providing video highlights of the entire meeting for the online community. Due to the high traffic, a third open thread was created to deal with everything.

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