Political Radar


November 2nd, 2013

State Rep. Karl Rhoads said Saturday evening that the state House would continue to hear testimony on a gay marriage bill until 11 p.m. and would reconvene the hearing on Monday morning at 11 a.m.

Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee and House Finance Committee will have spent 14 hours on Saturday hearing testimony, after hearing 13 hours on Friday and 14 hours on Thursday.

House leaders made a commitment to hear from all 5,181 people who had signed up to testify.

If the committees vote to advance the bill on Monday, it would go to second reading before the full House.

Rhoads, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Sylvia Luke, the chairwoman of the House Finance Committee, tried to keep the hearing on track and the testifiers to their two-minute time limit. But as the hours dragged on, the hearing took on the element of performance art.

*Update: Late Saturday night, one woman used her time to sing "Hawaii Pono'i," prompting many in the audience -- and lawmakers on the committee -- to stand and sing along.

Another woman, a recent immigrant from China, realizing she had more time left, began slowly repeating: "Please ...please ...please say `no' to SB1. Please ...please ...please say `no' to SB1."

"Please don't say that for another 30 seconds," Rhoads deadpanned.

"Please ...please ...please say `no' to SB1," the woman continued, drawing cheers from the audience.

The last question from a lawmaker -- just before 11 p.m., after 14 hours of testimony on Saturday and 41 hours in total -- came from Rep. Bob McDermott, who asked a Christian counselor who had presented data on the higher incidence of AIDS among gay men: "Are you familiar with the term `bug chaser' or `gift giver?'"

When the counselor did not immediately answer, McDermott let the question drop and the hearing recessed.

7 Responses to “Monday”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    Seems Sunday, those who oppose went to church.
    Those who support also went to church.
    Monday, they fight each other with less tolerance.
    Many in the same church.

  2. Auto de Fe:

    The Gift (Bug Chasing Documentary) 01/05


  3. Mr. T:

    People are not opposed to additional benefits for gay couples. People are opposed to SB1's result - promoting homosexuality. Promoting homosexuality in a heterosexual society is detrimental to the continuation of the human species. That is immoral!

    Most people have no idea of the impact of SB1. Parents should know when their next generations are threatened. Call your friends, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, or no religion at all. Let them know! Suicide does not hurt anyone else in our society, but it is illegal by law. SB1 is immoral and unconstitutional!

  4. innocent observer:

    #3 - marriage immoral? then all people who are currently married are immoral. SB1 does not restrict the right or straights to get married, it does not restrict for anyone to practice their religion as they always have. it protects pastors who refuse to solemnize gay couples and the churches facilities that gays may want to use as long as the use of those facilities are not compensated. as far as those business in the wedding business, there is no change in the way the public accommodations law currently affect them - where no business can discriminate against anyone due to religion, sex, gender, race, and sexual orientation. the opponents are only speaking on hypothetical terms, fear mongering, they have no proof that marriage equality will lead to a degradation of society - only speculation.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    "Suicide does not hurt anyone else in our society, but it is illegal by law."
    Contrary. It hurts the family and it is not illegal by law. Cannot punish the already dead. Prevent suicide by having the person put on suicide watch.

    "Call" "Muslims"? They would have no problem killing a gay person. By their law.

  6. Mr. T:

    If that is the case, we should see Muslims in the testimonies. We are not seeing that.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    "I don't hate fools, I pity them! (I pity the fool)"

    Seems the typical sterotype of one looking for a Muslim.
    Again (I pity the fool).

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