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Same Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Hurdle

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In the weeks leading up to the special session, individuals from both sides of the issue were observed waving signs along Kaʻahumanu Avenue in Kahului to drum up support for their respective opinions on the topic of gay marriage. Photos by Wendy Osher.

In the weeks leading up to the special session, individuals from both sides of the issue were observed waving signs along Kaʻahumanu Avenue in Kahului to drum up support for their respective opinions on the topic of gay marriage. Photos by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaiʻi passed its first hurdle today, advancing out of committee in its unamended form.  It is now headed to the full Senate for a vote.

By a vote of five to two, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor advanced Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights.

Under the bill, marriages between individuals of the same gender would be recognized in the state, and same-sex couples would be extended the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities that married couples of the opposite-sex couples are presently entitled to.

“This measure represents the Committee’s best effort to balance the interests of supporters and opponents of this issue,” said Senator Clayton Hee, Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor in a press release statement following the vote.

“The Senate’s bill preserves religious freedoms and ensures that the rights of all Americans are preserved as enshrined in the United States and Hawaiʻi Constitutions,” he said.

State Capitol building. Photo by Wendy Osher.

State Capitol building. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Updates from the special session and the progress of other bills introduced are available at the following link.

The House Judiciary and Finance committees have scheduled hearing on the measure at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Due to the anticipated high volume of testifiers, the Judiciary and Finance Committees will assign registration numbers to people who submit testimony and wish to testify in-person.

According to information released by the House, those who submit testimony online and wish to testify at the hearing will receive an email with their registration number; and those who submit their testimony in person will be assigned a number at that time.

“The numbering system is being implemented to more efficiently assist the flow of people and their testimony during the hearing. It will also allow testifiers to know where they are on the testimony list and plan their presence accordingly,” the announcement said.

For more information on how to submit testimony for the upcoming hearing, details are provided at the following link.

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  • rainbow all over

    Yay for gay!

    • biggiebee

      Wahoo for mahu! La La La.

  • 101

    As if our economy wasn’t struggling enough, now the radical left wants to kill off local family-owned small businesses and drive prices up, by forcing their narrow religious agenda on the rest of us. If homosexual “marriage” is “legalized”, it will force employers to endure the obscene expenses of providing group medical coverage for people who actively pursue the AIDS virus. That cost will result in lower wages and more layoffs, as well as higher prices and reduced sales- either way, that’s unhealthy for consumers AND the employable.

    • eoe

      Cut and paste trolling. Yawn.

      • two face talks

        What a lame reply. Yarn…

      • 101

        Where did you cut and paste your troll post from, eoe?

  • faith_blessed

    I listened to 3 hours of testimony heard live from the state capitol to our senate on the kitv website. Within that time there were about 70 people I heard say no and opposed and about 3 were for. Why did it pass? The peoples cry to oppose this bill fell to deaf deaf deaf ears! I thought our government was for the people and by the people. What happened?
    Also, on the late news they never showed the thousands and thousands of people who opposed this bill rallying out side the capitol for hours last night. I am speechless.

    • stand alone

      Its because they are getting some under the table and its not money…..

    • eoe

      According to recent polls, 56% of the people think gay marriage should be legal. It might interest you to know that churches are organizations, and as such are able to muster a lot of people quickly, which is what you are witnessing. Most people, myself included, could care less about this whole issue other than we support it. So you won’t see me marching in rallies or ranting and raving about how our entire civilization will collapse if this passes like you and your fellow indoctrinated, professional haters do.

      By the way, your screen name is a joke. Matthew 6:5-15.

      • 101

        Sounds like you’ve been taking your “polls” in bath houses in San Francisco. The squeaky minority comprised of those who choose to pursue homosexuality, make up about 3.8% of our population.

        • eoe

          Um, could it be more than just gay people support gay marriage?

      • two face talks

        for someone who said that you could care less and that you would not be found holding signs and marching around and chanting. You’re sure making allot of signs in your posting and chanting behind your words. That you say you could care less for. So, what part of your logic that you don’t understand yourself? Tell me more with your split tongue.

        • 101

          eoe’s hypocrisy is showing…

      • faith_blessed

        I am fully aware that Churches are organizations. I actually don’t know most people like you who dont care. Usually or should I say most people who don’t care are actually in a world by themselves . These types of people incuding yourself need to learn how to care .
        Also word of advice don’t quote Bible sciptures especially if you don’t understand it’s meaning.

    • Maui1

      Correction: It wasn’t just 70 people it was 60 people * 3 hours = 180 people and only 3 of them was for the bill everyone else was against. Each person had only 1 minute to share. Also, they denied many more to testify because of time. I have to add that everyone on the panel was half asleep because it ended after 10pm…I remember one person saying” you guys gotta drink some coffee”

  • the country is talking apart

    I guess the United states of America should take that saying off from all of the dollars Bills which is ” in God we trust ” and replace it with ( in sin we live with shame ).. and the other saying” United we stand divided we fall” to ( United we stand with Mahu we fall )..

    • eoe

      In god we trust never should have been on the money to begin with. I think you should move to texas, start a separatist movement, and mint your own money since you have all these great ideas, though,

      • 101

        I think you should move to a place that doesn’t print “In God We Trust” on all of it’s money, instead of trying to force your narrow religious views upon 300 million plus decent American citizens. You might be more comfortable living in Communist China.

        • eoe

          Hahaha. You said “communist” China

          • split tongue

            At least you know what he ment…

          • Jujubee

            Yea, his intelligence is stunning. The more he talks the more he exposes himself as a complete dunce.

      • two face talks

        I think you should run for office. You got the split tongue like all the others. And so I can vote you out.

  • 101

    I’ve been out holding up signs in support of not attempting to legally re-define marriage, and it was a real eye-opener. Radical leftist zealots are so quick to apply the word “hate” to people who simply dare to not goose-step to their jack-booted ideology, but the only hate I saw, was the seething hatred of radical leftist zealots. We had nothing but smiles and shakas for anyone passing by, and largely that’s what we received, from the majority of Mauians who agree with us. But the radical leftist zealots revealed themselves for who they really are, swerving off the roadway at us as if they were attempting to run us over, stopping in the roadway (which backed up rush hour traffic) to curse at us and stick finger at us, and so on. The REAL hate in the 808 belongs to the radical zealots of the religion of leftism. How sad their lives of self-loathing must be.

    • eoe

      I’m amazed at how much fiction and unintentional (unflattering) self-analysis you manage to pack into each of your trolling attempts. Please tell me about your majority support when the latest polls show 54-56% support gay marriage (including a poll taken in Hawaii) and approximately 31-34% oppose it. Let me guess, all your friends oppose it so it must be a majority view, right?

      • 101

        The squeaky minority comprised of those who choose to pursue homosexuality, make up about 3.8% of our population. Sounds like you’ve been taking your “polls” in bath houses in San Francisco.

        • Really?

          Wow, you love your old school cliches, don’t you. I think you forgot tho throw in a few words though, like “pink” and “sissy.”

          Since you believe you are fulfilling God’s mandate do you also:

          Make your woman live in the bloodhut too when she menstruates?

          Never eat fat?

          Never touch touch an unlean animal?

          Never make a careless oath?

          Never tear your clothes?

          Eat pork or shellfish?

          Make sure your hair is never unkempt?

          Pay your employees nightly?

          Never bear a grudge? (whoops we all know that answer)

          Never mix fabrics in clothing?

          Have a beard that is not trimmed?

          Always stand in the presence of your elders?

          Never sell land?

          Because there are 76 laws in Leviticus you should be following if you are that righteous. Perhaps it is best to remember the greatest laws: Matthew 22:36-40

          “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

          Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

          • 101

            Leviticus is in the Old Testament. Matthew is in the New Testament.
            Levitical law applied only to the Jews, and only until the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.

          • Jujubee

            The ten commandmengts are in the Old Testament. Lol. So, those are null and void now too? Or do we get select the parts we like and ignore the parts we dont? Lol. 101 must have an IQ of 10.

          • 101

            The Ten Commandments are summed up by Matthew 22:36-40:

            36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

            37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
            So for example, we are free to wear garments of mixed fibers, but it is (still) wrong to commit murder.

          • Jujubee

            Thats great that he summed them up, but they are from the old testament. lol.

          • Ke’akaku

            Does anyone else see the irony in 101′s post. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 101 is one of the most hate filled people I have ever seen on this website. Also, please understand that Matthew was NOT replacing the Ten Commandments in this passage. You are making a HUGE assumption there. The Ten Commands still stand today and are followed by Christians every where. Your claim that the old testament was some how voided is also incorrect and only applied to the Jews. Its like you just make up stuff without any thought.

          • 101

            As I have pointed out previously, the radical zealots of the religion of leftism are quick to accuse others of “hate”, when in reality we are simply daring to not goose-step to their jack-booted ideology. I do not hate Jujubee- I pity Jujubee. If anyone hates Jujubee, it is Jujubee. I suspect that it takes a large amount of heavy-duty prescription anti-depressant medications to get Jujubee through Jujubee’s miserable days.

          • Jujubee

            Nice misdirection, but you didnt address any of the posters comments. I guess you are surrendering your stupid line of thought, if thats what you call it in your little bean. :)

          • Ke’akaku

            What the hell is a jackboot?

          • 101

            From the Wikipedia Jackboot page:

            “The boots are connected to fascism, particularly Nazism, as they were issued by the Wehrmacht and SS as part of the World War II German uniform before Germany encountered leather shortages. When goosestepping on pavement, the large columns of German soldiers in Marschstiefel (“marching boots”) created a distinct rock-crushing sound which came to symbolize German conquest and occupation.”

          • Babalui

            Well well well…. someone is holding out on us. Yesterday he was pretending not know how to use Wiki which showed he was completely wrong about homosexuality being a mental disorder. Suddenly he is all about the Wiki. I guess we call that selective cognizance. Awesome. You really are a Fox robot to a T, as Teabagger. :)

          • Stop hating

            But I thought the leftests were communists. Now they’re facists?
            You are truly confused.

          • Your ignorance is showing

            Ummm, no. That’s not how it works.

    • Really?

      “hatred of radical leftist zealots”

      101% crazy.

      • 101

        Every religion has it’s “bible”.
        The “bible” worshipped by the followers of the religion of radical leftism is probably “Mein Kampf”.

        • eoe

          I know you like to have this debate every other day but Mein Kampf is the Nazi bible, which every single mainstream historian would say is a right wing movement. You should pick it up some time, your buddy Adolph didn’t like homosexuals either. Maybe you could find some other ideas in there too,

          • 101

            Your buddy Adolf Hitler WAS a homosexual, and he exterminated 6 million of God’s chosen people (the Jews).
            It doesn’t get much more left wing than the National Socialist (NAZI) party.

          • 101

            The party of big government. The party of disarming the civilian population. The party of indulging their “god” complex by presuming to have the right to decide who was not worthy of being allowed to remain alive. Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist (NAZI) party had a great deal in common with today’s Democrat party.

          • You’re creeping me out

            Wow. Are the meds wearing off or is this your natural state. I’m pretty sure when facists are not liberals no matter how much you try to focus on the word socialist.

  • capt ron

    Why is the government spending so much time on this issue when they should be focused on creating a better business environment so businesses can start creating jobs, also start fixing our broken infrastructure along with the growing crime issues. All you hear about is gay this gay that, just let them have a civil union with marriage rights just don’t call it marriage. What is so hard about that.

    • 101

      They’re actually focused on creating a WORSE business environment, to REDUCE jobs and INCREASE crime. Legislating special “rights” for those who choose to pursue the act of homosexuality, does all of those things.
      Just look at the business environment, the job market, and the infrastructure of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to see where this would take us.

    • Balco

      Why not call it marriage. What do you care?

      • 101

        Because the word “marriage” already exists, as a covenant relationship between one man and one woman. If you want to attempt to re-define words, why not call it “Balco”- as in two fudge-packers “Balco-ing” each other.

        • Balco

          Why do you care?

          • read before you talk

            It’s written right in front of you. What’s it to you?

          • Jujubee

            You can tell this is 101 posting cause the post was immediately voted up after it was posted. lol. Your logical fallacies are breathtaking.

          • 101

            Lol, wrong again. I have no idea who “read before you talk” is. But he or she is correct.

          • read before you talk

            Yup, that’s why they makes tthemselves look like idiots. They assume to much.

          • 101

            I’m gonna respectfully disagree with you there. I don’t think that liberals are necessarily idiots. My argument with them has nothing to do with their intellectual inertness. My argument with them is that they are wrong.

          • read before you talk

            Eh, still idiots.

  • 101

    Predatory homosexual pedophile kidnapper rapist serial child torturer/mutilator/murderer/dismemberer Westley Allan Dodd was told that he could not “love” toddlers to death with an electric drill.

    • Jujubee

      I love how 101 always likes his own posts and votes them up. Its too funny to believe. Btw, you may want to Google “sample size”. You know how to Google? Yesterday you seem to have trouble with wikipedia, Google is even easier to use. :D

    • Church Lady

      101 I think what you realy want to say was predatory heterosexual !?!?!?

      • 101

        He doesn’t look heterosexual to me.

  • KCardwell

    Does anyone else notice that right after 101 posts something, he votes his posts up, Lol. Its going to be so funny when this thing passes, 101 is going to faint. He is like chicken little. The world is going to end when two people get married of the same gender. Oh no’s. Oh my’s. Delirious.

    • 101

      Does anyone notice that Jujubee has no actual argument against the position that I’ve articulated on the subject of this article?
      That Jujubee simply follows me around like some kind of Xanax-addled stalker, taking a dump all over Maui Now with Jujubee troll posts and personal attacks?

      • usbworks

        Congratulations 101. I thought that hell would freeze over before I actually supported Jujubee on anything. But thanks to you, it’s happened. What does that 2000 year old book of fiction have to say about that? This must be the end times.

        • 101

          Mein Kampf is less than 100 years old, not 2000 years old, and you’d have to ask a lefty, not me.

          • Babalui

            You seem to know more about Nazi’s and fascism than anyone. From your posting history, you have posted the same rhetoric over and over and over. Sounds like you are an expert on the movement. Probably something that rings with you. lol. How does it feel to know you are going to hell? Jesus would not be impressed by your words or your actions. I really hope you have no offspring.

          • 101

            Wow, that’s a lot of angst you got there.

          • Try google fool

            angst

            noun ˈäŋ(k)st, ˈaŋ(k)st

            : a strong feeling of being worried or nervous : a feeling of anxiety about your life or situation

            Man you have issues with history, logical fallacies, and now basic definitions. Google is your friend.

          • Babalui

            He barely understand wiki. He is a teabagger where education is meaningless and useless and probably considered socialism.

      • Jujubee

        Wow, you really are but hurt about me slaying you day in and day out. Its ok, you will get over it. The teabaggers will continue to become inconsequential and you will be not even a footnote in history.

  • 101

    It would be interesting to know who it is that you are praying to, because it’s not working.

    • Jujubee

      Those poor children, to live in such a bigoted household. Hopefully they will grow up to see how f%^&cked up their father is.

  • standing ready with fees

    as lawyers were are looking forward to the rush of gay divorce cases that will be raining down on us soon. that’s why we got the bill in place in the first place…………so we can make more money, it’s not about morals you know

    • Balco

      Yea, sure, “we” got this bill in place. Chances of you being a real lawyer is like 25% at best. Thanks for playing. Yea, a whole group of people want to get married and have equal rights, but the real force behind it is money, money for marriages and money for divorces. lol. More dumm dumms in this thread.

  • Yortuk Festrunk

    Just wow. The spare tire on that one in the black looks like a P235/75R15 Montgomery Ward Rain Grappler. They can’t even control their own body weight, and they want to control other people?

    • Balco

      Here is a quiz: Which group wants to exercise control over other people?
      a) the group trying to prevent others from marrying whom they chose
      b) the group trying to get married.

      The answer is obvious but you will find a way to blame the other group cause you are dumb as a brick, lol.


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