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Live Blog: Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii


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Nov. 6, 2013

9 p.m.

Shortly after the vote, Reps. Jo Jordan, Marcus Oshiro, Sharon Har and Richard Fale greeted people chanting outside.

Rep. Fale told the crowd through a megaphone, "We have a lot of work to do." He told his supporters to show up at the Capitol on Thursday to voice their opinions to legislators at their offices.

Meanwhile, gay marriage supporters formed a circle and sang, Amazing Grace.


8:55 p.m.

House lawmakers voted 30-18 (3 excused) to approve SB HD1. Here’s a breakdown of the votes:

30 House members voting yes:

  • Rep. Della Au Belatti (D-Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, Manoa)
  • Rep. Tom Brower (D-Waikiki, Ala Moana)
  • Rep. Denny Coffman (D-Naalehu, Ocean View, Capt. Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona)
  • Rep. Cindy Evans (D-North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala)
  • Rep. Faye Hanohano (D-Puna)
  • Rep. Mark Hashem (D-Hahaione, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Waialae, Kahala)
  • Rep. Linda Ichiyama (D-Moanalua Valley, Salt Lake, Aliamanu)
  • Rep. Kaniela Ing (D-Kihei, Wailea, Makena)
  • Rep. Derek Kawakami (D-Hanalei, Princeville, Kilauea, Anahola, Kapaa, Wailua)
  • Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi (D-Waialae Kahala, Diamond Head, Kaimuki, Kapahulu)
  • Rep. Chris Lee (D-Kailua, Waimanalo)
  • Rep. Nicole Lowen (D-Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau)
  • Rep. Sylvia Luke (D-Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa)
  • Rep. Angus McKelvey (D-West Maui, Maalaea, North Kihei)
  • Rep. John Mizuno (D-Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, portion of Lower Kalihi)
  • Rep. Dee Morikawa (D-Niihau, Lehua, Koloa, Waimea)
  • Rep. Mark Nakashima (D-Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo)
  • Rep. Scott Nishimoto (D-Kapahulu, McCully, Moiliili)
  • Rep. Takashi Ohno (D-Nuuanu, Liliha, Puunui, Alewa Heights)
  • Rep. Richard Onishi (D-Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano)
  • Rep. Karl Rhoads (D-Kalihi, Palama, Iwilei, Chinatown)
  • Rep. Scott Saiki (D-McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, Downtown)
  • Rep. Calvin Say (D-St. Louis Heights, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki)
  • Rep. Mark Takai (D-Aiea)
  • Rep. Gregg Takayama (D-Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades)
  • Rep. Roy Takumi (D- Pearl City, Manana, Waipio)
  • Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R-Kailua, Kaneohe Bay)
  • Rep. Jessica Wooley (D-Kaneohe, Heeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Haiku Valley, Mokuoloe)
  • Rep. Kyle Yamashita (D-Sprecklesville, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula, Keokea, Ulupalakua, Kahului)
  • Rep. Joseph Souki (D- Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku, and Waikapu)

18 House members voting no:

  • Rep. Henry Aquino (D-Waipahu)
  • Rep. Karen Awana (D-Ewa Villages Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili)
  • Rep. Mele Carroll (D-Haiku, Hana, Kaupo, Kipahulu, Nahiku, Paia, Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai, Moloka'i, Molokini)
  • Rep. Ty Cullen (D-Royal Kunia, Village Park, Waipahu, Makakilo, West Loch)
  • Rep. Richard Fale (R-Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Waiahole, Sunset Beach, Punaluu, Kaaawa)
  • Rep. Beth Fukumoto (R-Mililani Mauka, Mililani)
  • Rep. Sharon Har (D-Kapolei, Makakilo)
  • Rep. Ken Ito (D-Kaneohe, Maunawili, Olomana)
  • Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson (R-Moanalua, Red Hill, Foster Village, Aiea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua Gardens, Aliamanu, Lower Pearlridge)
  • Rep. Jo Jordan (D-Waianae, Makaha, Makua, Maili)
  • Rep. Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto Cheape (R-Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani)
  • Rep. Bob McDermott (R-Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point)
  • Rep. Marcus Oshiro (D-Wahiawa, Whitmore Village)
  • Rep. James Kunane Tokioka (D-Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao)
  • Rep. Clift Tsuji (D-Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea)
  • Rep. Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley)
  • Rep. Justin Woodson (D-Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani)
  • Rep. Ryan Yamane (D-Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Waikele)

3 House members excused:

  • Rep. Rida Cabanilla (D-Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe, West Loch)
  • Rep. Romy Cachola (D-Sand Island, Mokauea, Kapalama, Kalihi Kai)
  • Rep. Isaac Choy (D-Manoa, Punahou, University, Moiliili)

The final House vote is set for 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8. Go get some rest on Thursday!


8:51 p.m.

Rep. Marcus Oshiro reveals as an attorney he has a potential conflict of interest by voting on the bill.

Shortly after, Rep. Kaniela Ing reveals he also has a potential conflict of interest: "I am a straight man voting on a gay marriage bill." The audience laughs out loud.


8:48 p.m.

"I respectfully stand in opposition," Har says. The crowd claps.


8:45 p.m.

Rep. Sharon Har says, "Since 1997, the public hasn't had a chance to weigh in on same-sex marriage." She asks the House speaker to allow the people to weigh in on the issue.


8:35 p.m.

We're told that the people outside stopped chanting loudly, because some of them are watching the House floor debate on the television sets outside.

Here's a photo inside:


8:25 p.m.

A lawmaker asks House Speaker Joe Souki whether the bill's third reading will be broadcasted on Olelo. Souki's response: "Yes, third reading will be televised on Olelo."


8:02 p.m.

Rep. Richard Fale asks for an extension to review the bill. "This isn't the way we do things in Hawaii. We don't divide people," he says.


7:59 p.m.

Rep. Gene Ward says he rises in opposition. "Speaker, when this bill passes, Hawaii will never be the same just as it happened after 9/11." He adds, "Be a peacemaker, not a divider." The crowd claps.


7:50 p.m.

Rep. Jo Jordan says she will be voting against something she personally believes in. "You know how hard it is for me to say no? I have to say no."


7:40 p.m.

Motion to postpone defeated.


7:36 p.m.

Representatives are debating on reasons for postponing the bill indefinitely. Outside, people are chanting, "Kill the bill!"


7:30 p.m.

Rep. Sharon Har says she supports motion to postpone the bill indefinitely.


7:20 p.m.

Rep. Della Au Belatti speaks in support of the measure. "Justice delayed is justice denied," she says.


7:19 p.m.

Rep. Sharon Har says people have testified that the government can't be trusted and rushing through the session would only lead to further government distrust. She asks why lawmakers aren't listening to the people chanting outside.


7:09 p.m.

Rep. Marcus Oshiro agrees. He says there is still time for a regular session.


7:00 P.m.

Rep. Bob. McDermott asks to postpone the vote indefinitely. "Mr. Speaker, they are not happy as best as I can tell, so I ask that we postpone this indefinitely," he says.


6:54 p.m.

Rep. John Mizuno says they will be voting on SB1 now.


6:28 p.m.

That was quick. Amendment 12 just failed.


6:21 p.m.

Rep. Gene Ward has introduced amendment 12.


5:43 p.m.

Lawmakers are continuing to discuss changes to SB1. People outside are still chanting. It's unclear whether outside chanters realize that the constitutional amendment has failed.


5:05 p.m.

Crowds outside continue to chant, while representatives debate changes to the legislation.

The House voted down 28-19 (4 excused) the constitutional amendment to put the same-sex measure on the ballot. Shortly after the vote, some people sitting in the gallery started chanting, "Let the people vote!"


4:38 p.m.

Rep. Richard Fale on the House floor.


4:35 p.m.

Rep. Richard Fale and Rep. Sharon Har asks House members to listen to the people and let them vote on same-sex marriage.

The House is in recess again.


3:09 p.m.

The audience cheers when Rep. Richard Fale entered the chamber floor.


2:52 p.m.

House lawmakers went to lunch. They'll go into caucus at 3 p.m. when they return. A vote could follow. If approved, the legislation would need to sit 48 hours. At the earliest, lawmakers could take a final vote Friday.

Earlier, Rep. Marcus Oshiro introduced floor amendments to SB1, which were all voted down.


1:30 P.m.

Christine Hitt started livestream:
Representatives are voting on legislative amendments.


1:33 p.m.

The House is in recess.


1:02 p.m.

House lawmakers are discussing the language of the legislation. The chanting is audible even from inside the chamber.


12:29 p.m.

The House is back in session. At the House speaker's orders, security guards are refusing to let people to enter the chamber. They say the noise is too loud.


12:23 p.m.

A gay marriage opponent dances a prayer in the Capitol rotunda.


12 p.m.

Church groups and gay marriage supporters gathered in front of the state Capitol.

During one minister's speech, people surrounded gay marriage supporters and started chanting, "Let the people vote!" Gay marriage opponents continued to chant, while gay marriage supporters held hands and sang, Amazing Grace.


11:58 A.M.

People stopped chanting. There's a lot of whistling and cheering outside the House chamber. We're still waiting for House members to return to the floor.


11:24 a.m.

People are waiting in the gallery. Lawmakers haven't returned yet.


11:09 a.m.

There's a line snaking outside the House chamber. People are still waiting for House lawmakers to return.



10:39 A.M.

People standing outside the House chamber are chanting, "Let the people vote!"


10:30 a.m.

Scott and Wendy Kick joined gay marriage supporters to wave signs along Beretania Street. They arrived at 9 a.m.  "I'm feeling great; A bit sweaty, but I have a lot of energy because it is such an important cause to me," Wendy Kick says.

10:16 A.M.

House recesses until 11 a.m.


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