State officials required the final few hundred people who were signed up to testify on gay marriage Monday to check in with a photo ID after reports surfaced of people testifying on behalf of others, using fake names and taking more than one turn.

We noticed that during the check-in process there were discrepancies in matching registration numbers with some of the individuals checking in to testify,” House Director of Communications Carolyn Tanaka said in a statement. “In order to ensure transparency and fairness in the public hearing process we refined our procedures by tightening up our identification requirements.”

The opposition is trying to defeat Senate Bill 1 in part by delaying decision-making as long as possible. Church leaders are providing talking points and urging people to use their full two minutes.

New Hope Metro senior pastor Elwin Ahu posted a message on his Facebook account Sunday night that called on people to find someone else to testify for them if they can’t make it to the Capitol Auditorium to do so themselves.

“So for example, if John Doe has a number but cannot testify because he’s as work, he has Jane Smith show up on his behalf and read his testimony. Jane is NOT REPLACING John’s testimony with her own but is reading his testimony to the group in order to waste time! If you organize people for your churches who can stay at the capitol all day and ‘read testimony’ on behalf of others, that may be a start,” Ahu wrote.

The House Finance and Judiciary committees may vote today on an amendment to the bill if they finish hearing the testimony from all 5,181 people who signed up in time. 

Some of the Republican reps on the committee, including Beth Fukumoto, Bob McDermott and Gene Ward, along with Democrats opposed to the bill, such as Sharon Har, have encouraged this filibuster of sorts by urging people, including through social media, to get down to the Capitol to testify if they signed up.

“If you still have a testifier number, come down to the Capitol tonight or committee may stop hearing testimony!” Fukumoto tweeted Saturday.

Based on interviews with lawmakers in September, bill is expected to clear the committee level this week and advance to the full House. The 17-member Finance Committee looks like it will pass the bill with 11 voting “yes.” And the 13-member Judiciary Committee has at least eight “yes” votes. Of course, nothing is final until the votes are cast and reps could change their minds.

At 2:30 p.m., the committees were hearing from testifier No. 5087.

Nathan Eagle

People register to testify on Senate Bill 1, Nov. 4, 2013, at the Capitol Auditorium. (Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat)