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Hawaii To Address Gay Marriage

By Charlotte Robinson, October 28, 2013
A special session of the state legislature in Hawaii today Monday October 28th could result in the state formally legalizing gay marriage. Governor Neil Abercrombie called for the special legislative session last month. If lawmakers pass the bill Hawaii would join 14 U.S. states & the District of Columbia in passing marriage equality. Twenty years ago it looked like Hawaii would be the first state to pass gay marriage but passed civil unions instead which stops short of the full benefits of marriage. If the bill is passed Hawaii could begin issuing licenses & conducting ceremonies by Nov. 18th according to Attorney General David Louie. Currently Hawaii's legislative chambers are both overwhelmingly Democratic with only one Republican senator among 25 in the state’s senate & Democrats outnumber Republicans in their House 44-7. Governor Abercrombie stated, "Every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage & equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has been analyzed, has been discussed. No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point.” Abercrombie added he chose to call the special session rather than allow legislators to consider the issue next year in part because of implications on taxes for this year. Just think when Hawaii passes marriage equality how the state will become a fabulous gay destination for honeymoons. Updates to Come...:)
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