Continued hearings on SB1 open today at 11am but a European homosexual publication, Pink News UK, is reporting on changes in procedure designed to shut down the thousands of Hawaii citizens seeking to testify against SB1. 5,181 have registered to testify when the remainder of testifiers are heard, those who were passed over will have an opportunity to testify if they are present.
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British Homosexuals Demand Changes to Sign-up List at Hawaii Marriage Hearings
Pink News UK: After thousands of citizens testified at the House in the US state of Hawaii over the weekend, Monday’s testimony may be off to a rocky start with allegations of cheating in the queue to speak.
The bill was taken to the Hawaii House on Thursday and Friday, where more than 5,000 members of the public signed up to speak before two committees.
Testimony went on until 11pm on Saturday, and overt (sic) 41 hours of evidence was heard.
There were reports of suspicious activity at Saturday night’s hearing, however, and officials have now changed procedure.
Officials at the Capitol in Hawaii have confirmed that they are looking into who took a list of registered names and numbers from the check-in desk on Saturday.
Several reports suggest that officials suggest that the list was used to provide people who had already testified with a new number to speak using someone else’s name.
This could also have given those who did not sign up the chance to testify using someone else’s name.
Carolyn Tanaka, Director of Communications for the Hawaii House released a statement, saying: “We noticed that during the check-in process there were discrepancies in matching registration numbers with some of the individuals checking in to testify. In order to ensure transparency and fairness in the public hearing process we refined our procedures by tightening up our identification requirements.”
Testifiers will now be required to show photo ID to speak at check-in and before they take to the podium. It is unclear how many people may have been involved.
Some experts have suggested that the sheer number of people against equal marriage to have signed up is a clear sign that opponents are using a tactic to stall the bill....
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