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Same-sex marriage House hearing draws thousands

Published On: Oct 31 2013 08:13:01 PM HST
Updated On: Nov 01 2013 07:08:06 AM HST

Thousands have signed up to speak, and House leaders vow to hear them all out.

HONOLULU -

A Hawaii House committee hearing on gay marriage is taking a break after a 14-hour session, and will resume to hear testimony from more than 4,000 people who have yet to speak.

The head of the House judiciary committee broke the special session meeting early Friday after first announcing plans to continue into the late-night hours. Rep. Karl Rhoads reversed course after complaints from Republican Rep. Gene Ward that testifiers should be allowed to go home.

Rhoads called a short recess, then announced a few minutes later that testimony would resume less than nine hours later on Friday morning.

House spokeswoman Carolyn Tanaka says 5,181 people signed up to testify before midnight, the deadline for those wishing to speak in person.

Rhoads says 1,000 people spoke on Thursday.

About 15,000 people submitted testimonies for the House.  For Monday's Senate hearing on SB1, 3,500 testimonies were submitted and 425 testified in person.

The House hearing could go into the weekend.

Click here to watch Catherine Cruz's 5 p.m. report.

Click here to watch Catherine Cruz's 6 p.m. report.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's 10 pm. report.

Click here to see photos in the special session.

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