Same-Sex Marriage Debate Splits Hawaii State Capitol in Two — Literally

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

Separate but equal.

That’s the plan for Friday’s House hearing on legislation to give gay couples the same marriage rights as straight couples in light of Wednesday's all-day session that attracted raucous crowds.

House Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Kuroda announced Thursday afternoon that the Capitol Rotunda, the public gallery's legislative chambers and even Beretania Street would be divided equally between people on opposing sides of the debate over Senate Bill 1.

The mauka (toward the mountains) side of the rotunda will be designated for people who support gay marriage and opponents will get the makai (toward the sea) side. This line will be extended into the gallery.

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