Live Blog: Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii
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Nov. 7, 2013
Tomorrow, opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage will be divided, literally, at the state Capitol. In the past few days, people on both sides of the issue have been confrontational.
"We're going to minimize the ability to interact or possibly have conflicts between each other," says Kevin Kuroda, House sergeant-at-arms.
If you're planning to visit, then here are a few security measures you should know about.
- Capitol rotunda: Supporters will have a dedicated section on the mauka side. Opponents will have a dedicated section on the makai side.
- House gallery: Seating will be split in half. Supporters will sit on one side, while opponents will sit on the other side. There will be separate entrances into the chamber for respective groups.
- Beretania Street: Opponents will have space dedicated for sign waving starting from the Father Damien statue to Punchbowl Street. Supporters will have space to sign wave starting from the Father Damien statue to downtown Honolulu.
American Civil Liberties Union's Lois Perrin asks visitors to stay calm regardless of tomorrow's decision.
"I would hope that whatever the vote is that people will conduct themselves in an appropriate manner," she says.
The full House is expected to take a final vote on SB1 HD1 tomorrow, Nov. 8 in the House chambers.
Oahu residents can catch the floor session live on community television (Channel 54) or online (olelo.org) starting at 10 a.m.
For neighbor island residents, contact the following community television stations:
- Kauai: Hoike Community Television, hoike.org, (808) 246-1556, no web-streaming available.
- Maui: Akaku-Maui Community Television, akaku.org, (808) 871-5554, web-streaming available.
Big Island: Na Leo O Hawaii, naleo.tv, (808) 935-8874 (Hilo) or (808) 329-9617 (Kailua-Kona), web-streaming available.