7 pm
The committee gives each side a half-hour to present final comments. Both lines to speak are long, but the supporters outnumber the opposition by at least 10 to one.

"We are Republicans and Christians," says an LD 1020 supporter standing next to her husband at the podium. "Love thy neighbor as yourself. The young people get this, you know?"

8 pm
The remaining crowd gives the committee a standing ovation.

"We said our piece," says a woman in a red blazer as she pushes open the auditorium doors. This echoes the last word of the night's testimony, from a same-sex marriage supporter: "Bring Maine to peace, not to pieces."

Deirdre Fulton can be reached at dfulton@phx.com. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at emily.parkhurst@yahoo.com.

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