Action ramps up on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Oct 24 2013 07:03:21 AM HST
Updated On: Oct 24 2013 08:46:37 AM HST

As the Hawaii legislature gets prepared to discuss the same sex marriage, phone bank callers are hoping to influence the future of same sex marriage.

HONOLULU -

Just days before Hawaii considers legalizing same sex-marriage in a Special Session both sides of the debate are ramping up efforts to gain support.

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The pro same-sex marriage phone bank began this summer with just three volunteers, now there are dozens. They are working around the clock calling voters six days a week.

"Reaching out to our community members, reaching out to our brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles and saying equality is an important issue for Hawaii. We are a diverse community and we want to treat everyone equally that's really the message," said proponent of same sex marriage Jacce Mikulanec.

The message, that gays and lesbians should be treated equally under the law. When the volunteers reach a caller who agrees, they push them to take action too.

"Actually urging folks to reach out to their legislator and making these personal cases for why it's important to treat people equally," said Mikulanec.

Across town at the state capitol similar actions were taking place on the other side of the issue.

Republican representatives Bob McDermott and Gene Ward, same-sex marriage opponents, hosted a discussion on the same-sex marriage bill.

"The bill before the legislature will redefine marriage in a very significant way that I think could be unconstitutional and bad policy in several regards," testified bill opponent Lynn Wardle.

Many at the discussion worried about what would happen if Hawaii allows same sex couples to marry.

"The bill endangers the best interests of children by altering the marital presumption in ways that can create all sorts of controversies including multiple parentage. Not just a mom and dad but three or four parents," said Wardle.

The special session starts Monday.  It's expected to last for at least a week.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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