Hawaii gay marriage hearing stretches into 4th day

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Two Hawaii House committees conducting a joint hearing as they consider legalizing gay marriage are tightening rules on testimony after some people used a registration list to speak for others.

Rep. Sylvia Luke told reporters on Monday that the judiciary and finance committees are allowing people to only testify for themselves.

The tighter regulations come after a speaker registration list went missing from outside the auditorium on Saturday night. Luke says it was then used by some people to testify for registrants who were called but not present.

Testimony entered its fourth day on Monday with lawmakers having already heard 41 hours of testimony. The bill passed the state Senate last week.

The bill could pass the House and be signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie this week.

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