Dramatic week for Same Sex MarriageUPDATED 7:15 PM HST Nov 01, 2013Video Transcript
week in the same-sex marriage battle... We are into the second day of the House hearings... And more than 5-thosuand people have signed up to speak. Officials now say they've lost count of how many people have actually testified so its not immediately clear how long this could last. KITV4's Catherine Cruz has been following the developments every step of the way... ...And she joins us now live FROM the State Capitol -- with our continuing coverage. The house is saying this is the longest public hearing on a single issue in at least 15 years and probably longer. The opposition has been overwhelmingly against the senate equality bill and some are questioning how can lawmakers ignore it. - GLENN TAPE Nats of Monday rally let the people vote... The rallying cry has been at times deafening. But is it falling on deaf ears? The mounting testimony against the marriage equality bill and the calls to let the voters decide has not relented. The governor HAS been monitoring the hearings. -- GOV 36:007- 36: 16 -" I impressed with the sincerity and conviction of all of the testimony," And when pressed about WHY so much opposition has not swayed his position.... The governor cited the conviction of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King on unpopular civil rights issues. And questioned whether putting Japanese in internment camps should have been put to a popular vote in the 1940 GOV 35:27- 35:52 -"It doesn't matter if there's ten thousands views in another direction if that one stikes home in giving an inight. So I listen to the testimony, not so much in the numbers but the motoivation the perspective the content of whats being said thats' the way to be respectful as a legislator," It is a postion echoed earlier this week by the Judiciary chairman following the passage of the bill by the majority of senators. - BOB TAPE Clayton Hee 18:20 - 18:30 -"Putting the women's right to vote, whehter blacks can marry whites and those kinds of things to a popular vote and quite frankly is out of step with the constitution of the United States of America," Hee's prevailing thought: - BOB TAPE Clayton Hee 19:38 - 19:43 "We should try and put the best policy for al lpeople forward," The house is in the throes of what may seem like an endless hearing. No word yet on whether the hearing will continue through the weekend. Back to you. Confusion and fireworks kicked-off the morning at the capitol auditorium. Several lawmakers -- and MANY who'd already waited HOURS to testify the night before -- were furious the same sex marriage hearing resumed as early as 8-30 this morning. After a wave of jeers... Chair Karl Rhoads had to RE-NIG on his initial orders ... to BY-PASS nearly A THOUSAND testifiers who didn't show up on time. But it was Representative Marcus Oshiro -- with loudest outburst of the morning -- accusing committee members of breaking the rules. OSHIRO NATS 10639-44 "YOU CAN DO IT IN A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, BUT NOT A PUBLIC HEARING LIKE THIS THAT IS THE RULES!" FUKAMOTO 1456-11 "THESE ARE FIRST TIME TESTIFIERS WHO ARE DRIVING DOWN FROM MILILANI FROM LAIE AND THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. SO, IT JUST SEEMED UNFAIR TO ME. AND I FELT LIKE THIS IS THEIR FIRST TIME IN THE PUBLIC PROCESS AND SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE A BAD TASTE, THEY FEEL LIKE THIS IS CORRUPTION." Rhoads says no new announcement is necessary -- for a CONTINUATION of the SAME meeting.