State Rep. Bob McDermott and state Rep. Gene Ward will host an informational briefing at the state Capitol Wednesday night on gay marriage, but a plan to have Neighbor Island hearings has been cancelled.
An aide to Ward had sent out an email last week to all House lawmakers outlining a briefing schedule and listing the participants as McDermott, Ward, Rep. Richard Fale, Rep. Marcus Oshiro and Rep. Sharon Har. McDermott, Ward and Fale are Republicans. Oshiro and Har are Democrats.
Sources say privately that House leaders were not pleased about the lawmakers swooping into other lawmakers' districts for informational briefings on such a controversial topic.
"After that email went out, all hell broke loose." McDermott said, adding that the "bipartisan nature created a great deal of consternation."
The informational briefing on Wednesday will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the state Capitol, Room 329.