Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Gay Marriage: Public Hearing to Continue Monday
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 6197 Views :: Family, First Amendment


Special Session Update

Message from House Republican Caucus November 2, 2013

UPDATE: Committee will hear testimony until 11:00 p.m. tonight, then resume on Monday

The committee has announced that it will hear testimony until 11:00 p.m. tonight (Saturday). The hearing will resume on Monday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. in the Capitol Auditorium.

The pace of all remaining testimony is unknown, so it is highly recommended that every testifier arrives on time on Monday and pays close attention to the progress of the hearing. Today's hearing is airing on Olelo (Channel 54) and streaming live on the web at this link.

More updates will follow as necessary. Thank you to the thousands of people who have already submitted testimony and those still waiting to participate.

Capitol District Public Parking Locations for Testifiers - Interactive Map

Due to the large numbers of testifiers expected at both public hearings this week, carpooling and drop-offs are highly recommended. Details regarding parking locations, rates and time limits can be found at the interactive map at this link.

To view details on each parking location, simply zoom in on Honolulu and click on the blue dots surrounding the State Capitol (located at 415 S Beretania Street).

Information on each location is also shown in list form below the map.

How was your testifying experience on Senate Bill 1? Tell us on Twitter at #iwanttransparency

Thousands of individuals and organizations have submitted written testimony and visited the state Capitol in person to share their views on Senate Bill 1.

In many cases, efforts to speed things along have created an even more rushed and closed process than expected. Evolving procedural expectations set by both the Senate and House committees this week have caused confusion and frustration by interested testifiers. This is proof that the people of Hawaii need more time to participate than this special session is allowing.

If you have testified, did you have enough time to speak your mind?
Are you satisfied with the process of this special session?
Use the Twitter hashtag #iwanttransparency to share your experience with state leaders.

We want to give you a chance to be heard. You have the right to fully participate in the legislative process – and that includes having ample time to review legislation, prepare testimony, make arrangements to visit the Capitol, and deliver sufficient testimony in person.

Summary of Same-Sex Marriage Legislation - Senate Bill 1
What would this bill do?

  • Legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii and give same-sex married couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of opposite-sex married couples, including parentage rights.
Whose religious liberties does this bill NOT exempt?
  • Religious organizations that make a profit by allowing the general public to use their facilities or grounds for marriage ceremonies (This bill does not attempt to explain what would be considered "profit.");
  • Small business owners who are asked to personally provide marriage-related services such as planning, food catering, photography, etc.;
  • Government employees who would be processing same-sex marriage applications; and
  • Judges who are asked to officiate at a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Who is exempted under this bill?
  • Religious solemnizers who are licensed by the State to perform marriage ceremonies, including clergy, ministers, priests and rabbis, among others; and
  • Religious organizations that do not profit by allowing the general public to use its facilities or grounds for marriage ceremonies and those that merely accept donations from the public, provide religious services to the public, or otherwise allow the public to enter their premises.

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii


Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii


Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii