House lawmakers vowed to hear from the more than 5,000 people who registered to testify on the same-sex marriage bill.
They reconvened the hearing Friday morning after listening to more than 14 hours of testimony on Thursday.
There was a little bit of everything on Friday. Complaining, yelling, and even a bit of singing.
"This is not right as far as the public process, that's what I'm voicing," said Rep. Marcus Oshiro, (D) Wahiawa, Whitmore Village.
Rep. Oshiro told testifiers they should have received more notice about the start of Friday's hearing.
"You don't want people to walk away from this experience, this participation questioning the sincerity of the process," he said.
But Rep. Karl Rhoads, chair of the Judiciary Committee, says no one violated any House rules and he made it clear Thursday night the hearing on the same-sex marriage bill would reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
"It's like the moral equivalent of, 'We're stopping for a bathroom break.' You know when you're coming back, everyone in the room hears it," Rhoads said.
Some people worried lawmakers were skipping testifiers since lawmakers said people holding numbers between 1,001 and 2,000 wouldn't be able to testify if they weren't there.
But lawmakers later said, those people who were skipped would be able to testify, but are now at the back of the line. They also allowed Neighbor Island residents who had to fly back home the opportunity to testify before others.
"Marriages and relationships are hard enough and we as a society should be supporting and helping each other to nurture and grow our relationships," said Deborah Cohn, who supports the bill.
"I believe that a mother and a father each offer unique equalities in raising, teaching, and providing for their children. Same-sex marriage cannot be the equivalent of a mother and a father," said Deseret Nau, who opposes the bill.
"I'd like to point out that sexual orientation is not a choice. If you believe that, at what age did you choose to be straight?" asked Eileen McKee, who supports the bill.
Some testifiers reminded lawmakers about their job and what they should do.
"You do not work for nor represent the state, or even the Democrat or Republican party," said Joshua Sweet, who opposes the bill.
And one group, the Naki sisters from Molokai, used their time a little differently.
"We just came to say, thank you Jesus," they sang.
The hearing is still going on and lawmakers have not said how much longer they'll be there Friday night.
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