Day 3 of public testimonies on same-sex marriage bill
Updated On: Nov 03 2013 07:59:15 AM HST
Saturday saw another emotional round of public testimony in the House. The third day of testimonies on the same sex marriage bill is expected to last late into the night.
Saturday is the third day William Talley has bused from Waikiki to the capitol. He's back in line like many others anxiously waiting to testify on the same-sex marriage bill. More than 3,000 people have already testified and there are at least 1,500 to go.
"I'm back again this morning thinking maybe the line is going to move. Maybe I'll get my testimony in," said Talley.
"It's very physically exhausting but I'm also tremendously grateful to have a voice. I'm grateful to be able to be heard," said ChrisAnn Moore.
The overflowing crowd would raise their hands in support of testifiers showing that they are being heard.
"No one can look at my children and tell them that they don't deserve the dignity of having their parents married. I hope I never have to explain to my children that we are second class citizens," said Jeff Esmond.
"I have the right to follow the dictates of my heart and my heart tells me I cannot support a lifestyle that goes against my moral values and the nature of God," said one opponent in the testimony.
The public hearings have lasted for hours with no immediate end in sight. Organizers said each person who signed up by the October 31st deadline will get the platform to speak.
"This bill is not about equal rights. (Marriage) is a privilege," said opponent Shirley Kinoshita.
"It would be great to be actually married to gain the rights and responsibilities of marriage in Hawaii," said Gene Corpuz.
There is a break from hearings tomorrow, but House members will be back Monday with most likely another round of testimonials.
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