Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor to Hold Hearing on Marriage Equality Bill

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The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hold a hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 1, Relating to Equal Rights, on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Auditorium.

The hearing will follow the convening of the Second Special Session of 2013 called by Governor Neil Abercrombie.


“Listening to public input, we’ve strived to strike a balance between the concerns expressed by both sides of this issue,” said Senator Clayton Hee, Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. “We have also done our best to provide the public with ample opportunity to review the measure posted online to offer further input. Everyone wishing to participate may do so by submitting testimony.”

Testimony is currently being accepted. The deadline to submit testimony is Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

Members of the public wishing to submit testimony may do so online, via email, in person, or by fax. More information about the hearing and how to submit testimony can be found on the Committee’s hearing notice at:

If the bill passes out of the Judiciary and Labor Committee, it will go to the full Senate for a vote.

To review the draft bill, receive more information about special session, and keep updated about the bill’s status, please go to:

During special session, the Senate will also take action on numerous interim appointments to boards and commissions requiring Senate confirmation. Confirmation of these appointments is the responsibility of the Senate; if the Senate elects not to take action on the appointments, the individuals appointed cannot continue to serve and are ineligible for another interim appointment to the same position.

The Hawaii State Senate will convene in special session on October 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Chambers.  Floor sessions for the remainder of the special session will convene at 11:30 a.m., unless circumstances require otherwise.

Monday’s hearing will be broadcast live by Capitol TV on Olelo Channel 53.






  1. On October 24 I submitted testimony in favor of marriage equality regarding SB1 in the legislature's upcoming special session. I submitted that testimony for publication in Hawaii Reporter on both October 24 and 25, but Hawaii Reporter did not publish it, perhaps because it might be contrary to the views of the editor. However, it was published in the online newspaper Hawaii Political Info, where it can be seen at

    • You have some points Ken, 2 questions though;
      1. Taking out; The famous final words spoken by priests in a marriage ceremony … "Now by the authority vested in me by the State of Hawaii I hereby pronounce you …" Leaves civil unions right?
      2. So voters gave the legislators this "marriage: power 20 yrs. ago.
      Perhaps it's time to retest this privelage first?
      A movement to repeal the governor's power to appoint the DOE board is beginning.
      Yet some LGBT deny this right knowing liberal courts are on thier side!

  2. There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

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