USA: Hawaii: Some Marriage Equality Opponents May Be Cheating

Written by scott on November 4th, 2013

HawaiiAccusations surfaced today that some opponents of the marriage equality bill may be speaking under others’ names to draw out a public hearing on the bill.

Pink News reports:

Officials at the Capitol in Hawaii have confirmed that they are looking into who took a list of registered names and numbers from the check-in desk on Saturday. Several reports suggest that officials suggest that the list was used to provide people who had already testified with a new number to speak using someone else’s name. This could also have given those who did not sign up the chance to testify using someone else’s name.

Carolyn Tanaka, Director of Communications for the Hawaii House released a statement, saying: “We noticed that during the check-in process there were discrepancies in matching registration numbers with some of the individuals checking in to testify. In order to ensure transparency and fairness in the public hearing process we refined our procedures by tightening up our identification requirements.” Testifiers will now be required to show photo ID to speak at check-in and before they take to the podium. It is unclear how many people may have been involved.

We’re getting close to the end:

The public hearing continues at 11am on Monday at number 4,600 out of 5,181 who have signed up.

If the GOP in Texas can disregard a public filibuster on their own abortion bill, surely democrats can do so to advance equal rights in Hawaii.

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