State attorney general reveals costs and benefits to marriage equalityUPDATED 7:38 PM HST Oct 28, 2013Video Transcript
Hawaii started the whole conversation about same -sex marriage... Now it could be on the way to legalizing it.. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. And I'm Pamela Young, in for Yunji De Nies. If that happens ... It'll be AFTER a contentious debate with MANY people rallying against it. We have TEAM COVERAGE this evening ... paul and cruzer in split with anchors Paul Drewes is live at the State Capitol -- where a day full of debate has given way to a massive rally... But first -- we go LIVE to KITV-4's Catherine Cruz -- who sat in during today's first hearing.... Catherine... One minute. That's the time limit allotted today because 1800 people signed up to testify in person. We are told most are against the same-sex bill. But it was pretty orderly today as speakers were handed out numbers and entrance into the auditorium was strictly controlled. Cloudy not clarity is how one lawmaker described the issue after pressing the state attorney general about the tax implications and federal benefits for same sex sex couples. David Louie said Hawaii same-gender couples would be forced to fly somewhere else to get married but would still lose out on health benefits under Medicaid and the Family Leave Act if gay marriage isnt recognized here. - Clayton Hee 38 :51 - 39: 08 - "If it is a simple as a ticket to California and I don't mean to be flippant. dont misunderstand me, if it is just a ticket than the burden that has been placed on this legislature to me has been ameliaoratged if its as simple as your response," - David Louis 27: 20 - 27:29 "In my view, senator it is someting that is significant and that would be a reason to pass this bill," - Sen Sam Slom 22:40 - 22: 55 -The only thing you are argueing is that people would have to go to California and people go to california frequenty so if that is the law and that is the answer Mr. Chairman I thinkwe should adjorn the meeting and adjoun the session," Lawmakers asked for clarification prior to their floor vote on Wednesday. Publicc testimony on both sides of the issue was emotional but mostly respectful. - Judge Steven Levinson 53 : 48- 54:05 "I suggest its time for Hawaii to join South Africa and time to join Iowa in this regocnition This is the land of aloha and this is our opportunity to live it," - Jackie Young ACLU 1: 20- 1:27 - " I found love has no boundaries and its time to ermbrace marriage equality in love and equality for all." -"Gary Secor Hawaii Catholic Conference 57 :40 -57: 46 "-The reservation of maraige of one man and one women is a fact of nature not a social prejudice ," Tape 2 Collette Machado 20:40 - 20:47 -" I feel we need to give the voice to our people. Take it to the community a special session is inadequate. Lawmakers have said if the bill isnt ammended, the special session could last five days. The House is scheduled to hear the bill Thursday morning. There is no telling how long today's hearing will last. The senate believes that not all 1800 people will stick around into the night. Back to you.