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Hawaii Gay Marriage Hearing Stretches Into Fourth Day

by Oskar Garcia
Tuesday Nov 5, 2013

HONOLULU - Two Hawaii House committees conducting a joint hearing as they consider legalizing gay marriage are tightening rules on testimony after some people used a registration list to speak for others.

Rep. Sylvia Luke told reporters on Monday that the judiciary and finance committees are allowing people to only testify for themselves.

The tighter regulations come after a speaker registration list went missing from outside the auditorium on Saturday night. Luke says it was then used by some people to testify for registrants who were called but not present.

Testimony entered its fourth day on Monday with lawmakers having already heard 41 hours of testimony. The bill passed the state Senate last week.

The bill could pass the House and be signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie this week.

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  • Bob K, 2013-11-05 05:48:10

    Petty little local churches and greedy big local churches who rent out for Japanese weddings are causing all the "testimony". I am more than furious at the mainly Japanese-Americans speaking, who forget the interment of their Mainland cousins in WWII, and think they have the right to block others’ freedoms.

  • patroy, 2013-11-05 10:32:17

    When am I going to get to vote on the constitutionality of heterosexual marriage? Who do these people think they are to tell me I have no right to marry the person I love!!!!

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