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'Citizens Filibuster' Continues as Thousands Testify at Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill Hearing: VIDEO

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Thousands of anti-gay religious folk continue to testify before the Hawaii House of Representatives in its special legislative session to address a marriage equality bill, including NOM Chairman John Eastman (above).

AzBlueMeanie sums up where we're at as of last night:

Public testimony continued in the Hawaii House until 11:00 p.m. Saturday night. The hearing will resume on Monday, November 4, at 11:00 a.m. in the Capitol Auditorium. Monday’s hearing will continue to be broadcast live by Capitol TV and on Olelo Channel 53.

Religious groups opposed to marriage equality are attempting a "citizens filibuster," similar to what pro-choice advocates attempted in the state of Texas earlier this year: thousands have signed up to testify in an attempt to run out the clock by talking the bill to death in the time scheduled for the Special Session.

And Hawaii News Now adds:

More than 13 hours after House Representatives first sat down for public testimony on the same-sex marriage bill -- they're still going, and with no end in sight.

Nearly 5,000 people have signed up to testify on SB 1, the "Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013".  It's unclear how many people actually addressed lawmakers because around 9 p.m. Thursday the hearing started moving along quickly as legislators called upon numbers and no people stepped up.

Hours before the hearing even began, the line to testify was already wrapping around the auditorium.  At 9 a.m, more than 15,000 pages of written testimony were submitted and House officials say it continues to pour in.

The Hawaii House appears to be looking to Connecticut as a model:

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the state's marriage and civil unions laws violated equal protection because gay couples were denied the ability to marry, becoming the third state, after Massachusetts and California, to legalize gay marriage. Connecticut approved a law in 2009 implementing the court's ruling while adding a broad exemption to deal with religious liberty.

Watch NOM Chairman John Eastman deliver his one-minute diatribe, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The citizen filibuster in Texas was to keep rights intact. This one is to stop rights from being granted. Funny how that works.

    Posted by: Dehreeus | Nov 3, 2013 12:35:19 PM


  2. The end is in sight. They will finish on Monday unless NOM manages to fly in a bunch more new people. Citizens can only testify once. Expect a vote tomorrow from the committee, no idea when the full house will take it on. One speaker said she thinks one member has changed his vote from for to against equality. We shall see.

    Posted by: AKChris | Nov 3, 2013 12:38:39 PM


  3. They're so sad. I take satisfaction in knowing we're winning the fight and their loss is inevitable, but how sad it must be to be such a hate-filled bigot that you'd waste a part of your life (and many of these people don't have a lot left to waste) cementing your place in history as a bigoted relic.

    Posted by: Jess | Nov 3, 2013 12:40:02 PM


  4. That guy (pictured) really looks like Archie Bunker - though he could be pro-gay for all I know. Weird, though.

    Posted by: Geoff | Nov 3, 2013 12:40:10 PM


  5. Aka Fvckwits On Parade.

    Who gives a wet sh!t what your religious "values" are? Some people handle snakes based on the same Bible, based on scripture. Should we institute snake-handling? Or slavery, which is also biblically approved?

    No. So shut up about your religion!

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 3, 2013 12:41:33 PM


  6. Two questions:

    1) Are all those people residents of the State?
    2) Do they just allow anyone to address the House?

    You would think they would not permit non-residents from pulling stunts like that. THis is holding up the government process.

    Posted by: Rad | Nov 3, 2013 1:37:28 PM


  7. How wonderful that time and energy and money is being spent working to stop gay couples from marrying. Rather than having said time energy and money being used to aid the poor, the sick, the needy, the destitute, and the families struggling to make ends meet in a time of economic uncertainty. ;\

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 3, 2013 1:43:22 PM


  8. Signing up to speak has been closed since Thursday night. Basically, most of these people are local Mormons and some of other Christian faiths who've most likely been exhorted by their pastors to speak. I wouldn't be surprised if a single email from Mormon higher-ups isn't responsible for the bulk of the turnout. I just hope the politicians can see through this organized event.

    Posted by: Bruno | Nov 3, 2013 1:57:46 PM


  9. For those who can't stomach to watch this:

    Invoking prop 8, which failed miserably.

    Claiming that gays just want the people to subsidize their income through tax credits.

    Gays can't procreate and their marriage will result in the loss of procreation productivity. That is the "danger to society".

    If you pass this bill I am afraid of religious liberty being taken away.

    Posted by: chris255 | Nov 3, 2013 1:59:58 PM


  10. For those who can't stomach to watch this:

    Invoking prop 8, which failed miserably.

    Claiming that gays just want the people to subsidize their income through tax credits.

    Gays can't procreate and their marriage will result in the loss of procreation productivity. That is the "danger to society".

    If you pass this bill I am afraid of religious liberty being taken away.

    Posted by: chris255 | Nov 3, 2013 1:59:58 PM


  11. Tell us how you love the sinner but hate the sin.
    Tell us all that again.
    Tell us.
    Tell us.
    Tell us.
    And tell us about your respect for the Constitution and the equality of all citizens.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 3, 2013 2:04:31 PM


  12. "Devastating consequences" ... most of which is making sanctimonious bigotry a little less popular.

    Bring on the devastation.

    Posted by: Jexer | Nov 3, 2013 2:07:47 PM


  13. I sorta love the "gays can't procreate therefore gay marriage will make everyone gay and the human race will cease to exist" non-argument. devil's advocate to the stupid non-argument: everyone becomes gay, and from that point on every child born is wanted, planned for, expected. Oh darn.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 3, 2013 2:20:45 PM


  14. @RAD There were also a Canadian visitor testifying opposed marriage equality and warning of the “chaos“ currently happening in Canada.

    And then a Chinese woman saying that gay marriage will cause many visitors from China and Asian countries not wanting to come to Hawaii.

    And of course Republican Rep McDermott talked about gays “bug chasers“ and “gift givers“

    And bus loads of bible-fearing church goers and their pastors, which made up of 98% of the opposed group. 2 out of the 100, who didn't cite God in their testimoniess, were Asians who instead cited traditional Asian family. One Asian woman who opposed equality even said that in “the Asian family, the man do worka outside, the woman taka care family inside.“

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Nov 3, 2013 2:26:03 PM


  15. Christians; acting nothing like Christ since 20A.D.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 3, 2013 3:02:14 PM


  16. So, these are the last, desperate acts of the evangelical effluvia. Stifle discourse, "filibuster" the more morally upright and reasonable citizens of Hawaii from testifying in favor of marriage equality. This is the fundamentalist filth of evangelicals on full display. America must ultimately rid itself of this christian scum, this religious cancer that eats away at the American body politic, by whatever means necessary.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 3, 2013 3:04:12 PM


  17. Just pitiful that this is what they do with their free time.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Nov 3, 2013 3:04:32 PM


  18. Imagine ending up as a bitter old man, a one trick pony, with on one interested in your circus any more... with the world around you on social media, computer games, apps, while you try to get your pony to jump through the hoop ,one more time.

    And you are left with a empty tent except for a few die-hards with free bus passes, all as sad as yourself, clinging together, singing "Nearer my God to Thee".
    You know where this is all going, don't you, angry old bitter deserted ring-master ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 3, 2013 3:44:35 PM


  19. @Andy: as an historical note, over a decade ago there was an article about "bug chasers" and "gift givers" in the San Francisco Chronicle. Apparently this phenomena is real but very rare. Out of San Francisco's gay population, the people into that apparently met in some guy's apartment in the Castro. To put that in perspective, the incidence of schizophrenia in the U.S. is 0.25 to 0.50 per thousand people, and being gay (or straight, just to cover multiple bases) does not offer protection against mental illness.

    According to the article, the parties these crazy people held were sex parties with one HIV+ participant, and with nobody knowing who was infected and who wasn't. Everyone would pick a partner and do it.

    What the newspaper article did not mention is that with about 20 people in the room (if I recall the number correctly from an article I saw a long time ago), the chance of any one individual pairing up with the positive guy is 1 out of 19. For the highest-risk sex act, the chances of contacting HIV from an infected partner is about 1 in 100. An individual participating would thus have about a 1/2000 chance of becoming infected. That's low enough to make it easy for some people to fool themselves, particularly if they are turned on by risky behavior.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 3, 2013 3:46:23 PM


  20. Hawaii - next to UTAH is THE Mormon state...

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Nov 3, 2013 3:57:52 PM


  21. They only people who should be allowed to speak are Hawaiian LGBT residents since the law is about THEIR rights and nobody else. Anti-gay trash have NO say in my life.

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 3, 2013 4:44:19 PM


  22. I'm more worried about the rumor change of a yes vote to a no one.
    I'm still convinced there were enough yes votes or this session wouldn't have been called.
    And by that,I meant at least 29 or 30 yes votes.
    We will have to wait and see but the legislators (even the bigoted ones) know they have a choice.
    They can pass it now or the courts will do it for them.

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 3, 2013 4:52:28 PM


  23. Actually, I think this kind of vitriol by the NOM-supported side will actually backfire. When there is a cognitive disconnect between the rhetoric spouted by the opposing side of equality to the truth and realities of our side, truth will win out. I doubt any Representative has changed his or her "yes" to a "no" due to this testimony. . .they'll just let them spew their vile lies, and ultimately vote for full equality with a religious exemption like other states have done.

    Posted by: Keith | Nov 3, 2013 5:08:24 PM


  24. Like Wanda Sykes said to Oprah - A lot of people got married yesterday.....did it affect you? noooooo it didn't ...this is just Bigots, bloviated their hate and making fools of themselves

    Posted by: disgusted American | Nov 3, 2013 5:24:25 PM


  25. Like Wanda Sykes said to Oprah - A lot of people got married yesterday.....did it affect you? noooooo it didn't ...this is just Bigots, bloviated their hate and making fools of themselves

    Posted by: disgusted American | Nov 3, 2013 5:24:25 PM


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