Day 4 of House hearing on same-sex marriage

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Nov 04 2013 07:11:00 PM HST

By this time on Tuesday, House committee members might be ready to vote on the controversial same-sex marriage bill. Between now and then, more public testimony from hundreds more people.

HONOLULU -

Day four of the public hearing for the marriage equality bill looked a lot like days one through three.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's report.

"If you strongly believe in your own values, why do you fear they'll come undone due to the happiness of other peoples lives," said a testifier."

"An eighth grade teacher that teaches about gay sex thoroughly, expressively, and when parents complained about it he said, give me a break, it's legal now," said another testifier.

Education is a topic that comes up a lot from opponents. Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi says this measure will not change what's taught in the classroom.

"The issue if people are married or not married is not part of our curriculum," said Matayoshi.

One thing that did change is security at the hearing. ID's of testifiers are being more strictly checked after reports of some people trying to cheat the system.

Samantha DeCorte isn't one of them, she is however the very last person to register to get her voice heard, testifier number 5,184.

"If I had one minute it would be worth it, if I had 30 seconds it would be worth it. The point is that I'm here and I'm taking a stand regardless of the outcome and I can say I did my best to make a difference," said DeCorte.

Other testifiers are still demanding the issue go to a public vote. Representative Tom Brower says a vote would be great but it wouldn't be favored by the courts.

"If the people decide something and then this is brought to the courts, the state courts with the help of previous federal decisions could get really involved and overturned the peoples decisions," said Brower.

Representative Brower thinks the house will pass this bill but might try to make some changes. Any amendments would re-open negotiations and could extend the session.

PHOTOS: Special session on same-sex marriage


Click here to see photos from the special session.

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