Tenari Maafala, the head of Hawaii's police union, is making headlines for his testimony before the House of Representatives yesterday in opposition to the marriage equality bill, Honolulu Civil Beat reports. "Maafala is president of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers and an officer with the Honolulu Police Department," according to HCB.
Maafala said as a police officer he will observe all laws, but that will all change the day he retires:
"The day I retire and bills like this are introduced, I will never ever honor such law. You will have to kill me to disrespect and dishonor my father in heaven. You will have to kill me to impose these type of laws upon my children and my nieces and nephews."
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Same-sex marriage testimony will continue for a FIFTH day today, Hawaii News Now reports:
Lawmakers have already heard from all 5,184 people who signed up, but they're making their way through a second wave of people who missed their chance to speak the first time their numbers were called. After getting all the way to testifier #3,200 tonight -- officials decided to recess and will continue the hearing (Tuesda) at 10:30 a.m. with testifier #3,201. If possible, officials say they intend to complete decision making tomorrow. If they vote yes, it will advance the bill to the House floor for a second reading. If they vote no, it will kill the bill.