Staffers at Sen. Clayton Hee's office have been busy all weekend, sorting through dozens requests to testify in person.
"We have evidentally well over 1,000 who have indicated a desire to testify," Senator Clayton Hee said.
With each person getting two minutes to express their concerns about the bill, Sen. Hee says that equals about 33 hours of testimony.
"I intend to a move the hearing as quickly as I can and let everyone have the opportunity to speak," Sen. Hee said.
Along with the public, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, members of Congress, state department directors will also be sharing their concerns on the bill.
Recognizing the topic is a heated issue, Sen. Hee says there will be several security measures in place.
"Because people have received death threats and because of the nature of violence in other states, there will be ample security present. People who enter the auditorium will be electronically surveyed through an electronic wand," Sen. Hee said.
Sen. Hee says there will also be no one allowed to stand.
There will be monitors in the Capitol rotunda for those who are unable to get a seat in the Capitol auditorium.
"Our message is that this fight for equality started over 20 years in Hawaii and now it's come back finally and we know that the legislature is supportive, we know that the majority of Hawaii is supportive," Hawaii United for Marriage member Jacee Mikulanec said.
"Changing the definition of marriage in the sense that will affect in ways we do not know the public institution, making gender optional, it's just something that should not happen," Hawaii Family Advocacy President Jim Hochberg said.
"There's been a lot of comparisons with this particular issue and that's why I believe the passion is so intense. We'll do the best we can to let everyone speak knowing the importance of the bill," Sen. Hee said.
Sen. Hee says he hopes the bill will move to the House by Wednesday.
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