As Hawaii's special session to consider same-sex marriage enters its second week, the state's House Judiciary and Finance committees heard the public's final testimonies today.
More than 5,000 people signed up to testify regarding Senate Bill 1, which would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii, and the opposition's strategy has been to delay the House vote for as long as possible.
This strategy led to some questionable practices, including people testifying on behalf of others and using fake names to take more than one turn. When state officials got wind of these reports, they required Monday's testifiers to check in with a photo ID.
That mini-scandal, however, wasn't the top headline of the day.
That honor went to Tenari Maafala, the President of Hawaii’s police union and an active police officer with the Honolulu Police Department, who testified that he would never enforce a law requiring same-sex marriage.
“You would have to kill me,” he told the lawmakers.
Maafala said that same-sex marriage is contrary to his religious views and, “I stand by my beliefs."
Maafala went on to say that the state should address homelessness and drugs rather than same-sex marriage and that denying gay couples the right to marry is not discrimination if it’s against one's beliefs.
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