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Marriage: ‘People’s Filibuster’ Continues into Second Day
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From Hawaii Christian Coalition  October 31, 2013 10:30PM

Aloha everyone,

1) House Oral Testimony: Please advise your congregations that they should not get too comfortable with the big number that they have been given for their testimony.  Once the House Committees run out of testifiers, the hearing WILL end.  Our goal is a "People's Filibuster", but the filibuster ends when we run out of speakers.

After midnight tonight, it will be the discretion of the committee chairs whether to hear testimony from individuals who were passed over.  It would be fair to guess at that point that they will not want to grant a second chance.  But the best advice I can give is to keep tabs on the hearing (Olelo, Oceanic Ch#53).  Account for commute times and for parking difficulties. If possible, I will try to pass on the number they end with tonight (if they end).

2) Stay Vigilant: While our current goal is to keep the testimony rolling, we must remember that the work does not end with the House Committee Hearings.   We must still maintain constant contact with representatives through the end of the special session.

Garret Hashimoto

State Chairman, Hawaii Christian Coalition

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As promised, here is my follow-up:  November 1, 2013  8:30AM

1) Last call on testimony: The House Committee hearing recessed and will reconvene at 8:30AM.  ANYONE wishing to testify that is in possession of a number should be present at the start of the hearing to testify.  There must always be people present to continue the "People's Filibuster", otherwise they will close the hearing.  More people can testify the longer the hearing goes.

To preempt a question - if you cannot show up at 8:30AM, then just get there ASAP.  Hopefully the hearing will still be in session so that more people can testify as they arrive.

To preempt another question - while there are still many procedural questions, what is clear is that if you do not already have a number to testify with, it is doubtful you will be accommodated. 

2) Thank you #1: To all of you last night who acted so quickly on my last update last night.  At one point on Thursday night, there was a very real possibility that the hearing would come to a close - the auditorium was emptying out FAST.  People were roused from beds, and reports of people driving in from Laie and we were able to pack the auditorium just in the nick of time.

3) Thank you #2: To all of you, and to all of your members who had the courage to come out and testify.  Once public testimony began at about 4PM, the testimony was virtually in full opposition to SB 1.

4) TRUTH and GRACE: If there was ever any question in your mind, the monolithic opposition is taking a toll on a lot of the committee members.  In the House of Representatives it is much more difficult for them to ignore the weight of public testimony.  If you watched the Olelo feed and got a good look at their faces, there are many representatives that are visibly distraught.  The TRUTH is now weighing heavily on their shoulders - the reality that the people of Hawaii overwhelmingly do NOT support SB 1 is clear.

The written testimony campaign appears to have been very successful. The testimony the representatives are in possession of includes a list that states whether the testifier is in favor (black) or in opposition (red) -- and it is clear that like the Senate testimony, the people of Hawaii do not want SB 1 to pass during a special session.

The People will remember in November

Garret Hashimoto

State Chairman, Hawaii Christian Coalition

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JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY AND FINANCE RECESS 8 HOURS TO ACCOMMODATE THOUSANDS OF TESTIMONIES FROM THE COMMUNITY - YET TO BE HEARD

From Hawaii Family Advocates October 31, 2013

After hours of testimony from thousands of people in the community, including pastors, community leaders, families, children and articulate young adults, the joint House Committee ended the hearing after 12:00 a.m. today.  According to Rep. Rhoads (Chair of the House Judiciary Committee), they will recess until 8:30 a.m. November 1, 2013 in the auditorium.

IMPORTANT:  If you submitted testimony online before midnight of October 31st, and your assigned number is 1001 and above, PLEASE return to the capitol auditorium TODAY (November 1) at 8:30 a.m. to provide your testimony.

We strongly encourage you to do so.

Rep. Rhoads also stated that no new testimony will be accepted.  They are only hearing from those who submitted testimony prior to the end of the hearing on October 31st, midnight.

For more information on this bill, CLICK HERE.

By clicking the link below, you can send a message to your own Representative, if you have not done so already.

Mahalo to all of you heroes who waited all day to be heard on this very important issue.  For those who took time out their schedules and were already able to testify, MAHALO to you as well.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

https://www.votervoice.net/link/target/hiff/4ty8JQq2F.aspx

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COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

NOTICE OF DECISION MAKING

DATE: Friday, November 01, 2013

TIME: 8:30 a.m.

PLACE: Auditorium State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street  

A G E N D A  

The following measure(s) were previously heard on October 31, 2013.  

SB1 RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS.

Recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex. Extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive. Effective 11/18/13.

The Committees will continue to hear testimony from registered testifiers beginning with number 1001. NO NEW TESTIMONY WILL BE ACCEPTED.  

The Committees would like to hear from as many individuals as possible; therefore, oral testimony will be limited to 2 minutes. After approximately every 25 testifiers, committee members will be given the opportunity to ask questions of those previous 25 testifiers. It will not be necessary to wait to the end of the hearing to answer questions.

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