The Rhode Island House has scheduled a hearing on a proposed gay marriage bill.

“House judiciary committee will hold Tuesday hearing on legis allowing gay marriage in #RI, chairwoman Edith Ajello says on House floor,” Philip Marcelo, state House reporter for the Providence Journal, tweeted on Friday.

The announcement sets up a potential vote in the House before month's end, though a committee vote on the measure has not been scheduled. Previous hearings on the issue went long into the night and attracted hundreds of people.

Bills seeking to legalize marriage equality in Rhode Island were introduced in both houses earlier this month.

While Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly, passage in the Senate, where Democratic leaders oppose marriage equality, remains in doubt. Currently, the proposal has only 11 co-sponsors in the 38-member Senate.

It is Democratic Representative Arthur Handy's eleventh introduction of the legislation.

Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, has said he's eager to sign the bill into law.

Rhode Island became the only New England state without marriage equality after Maine voters in November approved a referendum on the issue.