We're days away from the start of a special session that could legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii.
While some believe there's enough votes in support of it, others say it's too close to call.
Same-sex marriage is a debated issue that is about to get kicked up another notch.
But before the fireworks begin on Monday during a special session to take up the issue, several House lawmakers formed a panel to hear from those against a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
"The bill before the legislature would re-define marriage in a very significant way. I think it could be unconstitutional and bad policy in several regards," BYU Law School professor Lynn Wardle said.
Several experts on family law testified, but there were no speakers invited to give the other side of the coin in support of same-sex marriages.
Some feel it's a done deal and Hawaii will be the 15th state to allow same-sex couples to wed.
"The fundamental answer is" yes." By the end of this process, same-sex couples will be able to marry in Hawaii," said Rep. Karl Rhoads, Judiciary Chair (D).
Others say don't bet on it.
"Joe Souki said they have 30 votes. They don't have 30 votes based on my count. It's a one to two vote swing at this point," said Rep. Bob McDermott, Ewa Beach (R).
This bill does list an exemption that says religious groups don't have to perform same-sex weddings. But if they charge other couples to use their facilities for weddings, that's a different story.
"And if you're not willing to lend your time, talent, or business to that idea, then you are going to be labeled a bigot, deserving of punishment under the processes of the state," Allaince Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Byron Babione said.
That's where lawmakers agree is the sticking point.
"You have a colliding of the First Amendment freedom of religious expression and this newly created civil right are colliding and where does it stop," McDermott said.
It's expected that lawmakers will put in 10 to 16 hour days to debate this issue and also listen to lots of testimony from the public.
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