The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider legislation allowing gay couples to wed. The session is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The committee heard testimony last month from more than 600 supporters and opponents in a hearing that lasted until 5 a.m. the following morning. Among those testifying before the committee was Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a supporter of same-sex marriage.
The House previously approved the marriage equality bill in January, but its fate in the Senate is uncertain.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, a Democrat, opposes the gay marriage bill, but said she intends to allow a full and unobstructed debate.
Gay marriage supporters said Friday they are pleased the committee vote has been set.
Rhode Islanders United for Marriage issued a statement saying it believes it has a “path to victory” but is taking nothing for granted.
Rhode Island is the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to wed.