Drama erupts on the House floor during the discussion of marriage equality billUPDATED 10:33 PM HST Oct 30, 2013Video Transcript
the house of representatives. KITV4's Brenton Awa has more in our top story. 09:09 "LOOK AT MY FACE..." Many people among today's crowd -- passionate about the topic... And angry at the slow process of legislation. 46:15 "MEMBERS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A RECESS, RECESS." While house leadership was ready to pass the marriage equality bill to the next committee... The opposition pulled out all the stops, trying to prevent that. 55:34 "I WOULD BEG MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEGUES TO TAKE A VOTE ON IT AND LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE." Opponents called up another bill.... Causing another recess... 5817 FALE "THE PEOPLE HERE ARE GATHERED HERE AND THEY SAY IS THIS WHAT WE GATHERED HERE FOR SO THAT PEOPLE CAN WANDER AROUND THE FLOOR AND SLAP EACH OTHER ON THE BACK, THEY WANTED TO SEE US TAKE ACTION MR. SPEAKER." After one opponent was ruled out of order... A second tried yet another measure... 01:24 WARD "FOR SB1 TO BE INDEFINETELY POSTPONED." But yet again... 58:58 "WITH THAT IN MIND..." "MR SPEAKER, CAN WE HAVE A SHORT RECESS PLEASE." "IM IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING A VOTE BUT... RECESS." Another break -- yielded the same result for the opposition -- being denied. Finally the bill at hand was voted through to committee. But STILL -- opponents would not give up. 11:09 "CAN WE HAVE A RE-VOTE MR SPEAKER?" "NO REVOTE" So in the end -- the opposition was unsuccessful... Or were they? Republican State Representative Bob McDermott filed suit aimed at STOPPING the special session. Claiming the legislature does not have the authority to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage. 47:20 "THERE'S CONSTITUTION AL LAW, GOOD CASE LAW THAT SAYS CONSTITUTION AL AMENDMENTS SUPERSEDES UNDERLYING STATITORY LANGUAGE AND OR COMITTEE REPORTS. WHAT THAT MEANS IS WHAT THE PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY WERE VOTING ON SHOULD CARRY TODAY." The Governor says this is the legislative process -- and it's working just the way it should. "OF COURSE THERE'S SOME DRAMA... ...VERY VERY FINE LEGISLATION." After passing first reading -- the marriage equality bill now moves to the Committee on Judiciary and committee on Finance. They'll hold a public hearing tomorrow at the state capitol at 10-A-M.