Security Advisory for Senate’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote

·By civilbeat

The Hawaii Senate is expected to accept the Hawaii House amendments of the gay marriage bill on Tuesday and send it to the governor for his signature.

Still, to “ensure a safe environment,” Senate Sergeant at Arms Ben Villaflor spoke with leaders from both sides of the issue and says the “security environment” will be similar to that of the House on Friday:

• Capitol Rotunda: Supporters of marriage equality will have a dedicated zone on the mauka side and opponents of marriage equality will have a dedicated zone on the makai side.

• Beretania Street: Sign-waving space will be divided among both groups. Supporters of marriage equality will be on both sides of Beretania Street from the Damien statue towards Punchbowl Street. Opponents of marriage equality will be on both sides of Beretania Street from the Damien Statue towards Downtown.

• Senate Gallery: Seating in the gallery is limited. The gallery will be evenly split down the middle with an equal allocation of space for both sides.  There will be entrances open on each side of the gallery for the public to enter their respective seating areas. … Public seating in the gallery will begin at 9:15 a.m. Everyone entering the gallery will be subject to a bag check and metal detector screening.

If you are unable to get a seat in the gallery and would like to view the floor session, additional viewing areas will be available in the Capitol rotunda (street level). The floor session will also be broadcast live on ‘Olelo channel 55. You may also

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