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Same-sex marriage rallying continuesUPDATED 7:10 PM HST Nov 06, 2013Video Transcript
Lawmakers are negotiating the fine print on the same-sex marriage bill, but determined protesters still demand they scrap the whole thing. We go now to KITV-4's Andrew Pereira. He's standing by LIVE at the State Capitol with the latest. Andrew? Paula, Yunji, these floor drafts were introduced by Democrat members to expand religious exemptions. All four were voted down. REV. LIZ ZIVANOV: "WE NEED FAMILIES THAT ARE HEALTHY; WE HAVE GAY FAMILIES THAT DO HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE HEALTHY." About a dozen faith leaders gathered at the state Capitol to declare their support for same-sex marriage. But they were quickly drowned out by people loudly opposed to the Marriage equality bill.. CROWD: "LET THE PEOPLE VOTE! LET THE PEOPLE VOTE! LET THE PEOPLE VOTE!" Inside the House chamber... "STANDING OVATION" ...what was supposed to be a quick procedural vote on the amended Senate bill quickly got bogged down. Democrats Jo Jordan and Marcus Oshiro introduced four floor amendments to expand religious exemptions and slow down the process. REP. MARCUS OSHIRO: "WE DON'T HAVE TO LIMIT OURSELVES TO 10 DAYS OR 15 DAYS OR 20 DAYS, WE CAN GO UP TO 30 DAYS." Under the amended bill that passed two House committees, churches could not be sued or fined if they refuse to allow same-sex couples to use their facilities. The governor's OK with that. GOV. NEIL ABERCROMBIE: "I'M CONTENT THAT THE BILL WHICH PASSED FROM THE HOUSE IS EXCELLENT." But some House members and religious groups are concerned those in the private sector who refuse service to gay couples could be sued. GARRETT HASHIMOTO: "WHY GO AROUND SUING PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE THEIR VIEWS? THEY CAN GO AND GET ANOTHER BAKER OR ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT." Several of the House floor drafts attempted to expand religious protections to so-called conscientious objectors. REP. JO JORDAN: "THAT IS THEIR HELD CONVICTION AND WE MUST ALWAYS PROTECT THOSE RIGHTS MR. SPEAKER." REP. MARCUS OSHIRO: "REFUSING EXEMPTIONS TO SUCH RELIGIOUS DISSENTERS WILL EMPOWER THE MOST DEMOGOGIC OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE." However all four of the Democrat-led floor drafts were defeated on a voice vote. VOICE VOTE: "ALL THOSE OPPOSED SIGNIFY BY SAYING NAY? NAY! MOTION DIES." Those who voted against broadening religious exemptions to include private businesses say Hawaii's public accommodations law should NOT be watered down. REP. DELLA AU BELATTI: "IT WOULD ALLOW A LANDLORD TO SAY, 'YOU'RE MARRIED, YOU'RE AN INTERRACIAL COUPLE. I WILL NOT RENT MY HOUSE TO YOU. I WILL NOT RENT MY APARTMENT TO YOU." Late in the day, Rep. Oshiro introduced another floor amendment to take the same- sex marriage issue to the people. That amendment was also defeated 28-19. REP. RICHARD FALE: "IF WE CAN'T TRUST THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII TO MAKE THIS DECISION THEN WE HAVE FAILED AS LEADERS." It's interesting that Rep. Jo Jordan was on the fence over same-sex marriage, but voted NO out of her concerns for religious exemptions. The House is now taking up several floor drafts submitted by minority Republicans. Back to you. On the Big Island ...