State representatives are gearing up for a marathon hearing Thursday on the same-sex marriage bill.
On Wednesday, the Senate passed the bill and that sent it to the House.
On Thursday, lawmakers will give people more time to testify and the hearing could go on past midnight.
State representatives want to hear from the people of Hawaii.
"We look forward to the hearing and hearing what people have to say and as long as it takes," said Rep. Karl Rhoads, (D) House Judiciary Chair.
No one knows how long Thursday's joint committee hearing on the same-sex marriage bill will last. It could dip into Friday morning.
"If you've signed up by the time the committee meeting ends or by midnight, whichever comes first, you'll get to talk," Rep. Rhoads said.
The House Judiciary Committee, which along with the Finance Committee, will hear testimony on the Senate bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 3,000 written testimonies were submitted. No word on the number of people who have signed up to testify in person, but Rhoads says everyone will get two minutes to speak instead of the minute they were limited to in front of a Senate committee on Monday.
"Depending on how many people are waiting in line, we may just go on through past midnight. If it turns out there's a whole bunch of people, we may have to hold off until Friday," Rhoads said.
The same-sex marriage bill passed first reading in the House on Wednesday afternoon, but not before more arguments between House Speaker Joe Souki and Rep. Gene Ward, who wanted to defer the bill indefinitely.
"No he's calling you out of order and I concur," Souki said.
"You can call me out of order. This is deja vu," Ward said.
"I don't want to yell at you again. I want to be very nice. I'll let somebody else yell at you," Souki said.
Despite the bickering, House Majority Leader Scott Saiki believes the house has enough votes to pass the bill with amendments, but it may not end there.
"If the Senate were to agree on the House amendments it goes straight up to governor for his consideration and if we were to disagree like all other measure it would presumably set for conference," said Sen. Clayton Hee, (D) Senate Judiciary and Labor Chair.
The joint committee hearing will start at 10 a.m. Thursday inside the auditorium of the State Capitol.
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