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posted Friday, November 1 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 44
Hawaii Senate passes marriage equality - House approval nearly certain; governor says he will sign
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Hawaii Senate passes marriage equality - House approval nearly certain; governor says he will sign

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Hawaii Senate passed its marriage equality bill by an overwhelming 20-4 margin on October 30. The measure now goes to the state's House of Representatives.

A House committee began hearings on the legislation October 31. No floor action has been scheduled as yet.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called the legislature into special session specifically to pass the marriage bill, told Al Jazeera America on October 28 that he expected final passage 'within a week or so.'

Abercrombie said that, at the latest, he hopes the bill will be passed before January, so that married same-sex couples can enjoy benefits including but 'not exclusive to taxes.'

'If it's a question of people being able to have equality with regard to rights and benefits and so on, there is no justification for delaying them the capacity to exercise those rights and gain those benefits,' he said.

The governor has promised to sign the bill into law once it reaches his desk.

Abercrombie, who served more than two decades in the U.S. House of Representatives before running for governor in 2010, signed a same-sex civil unions bill into law two years ago and has since been a vocal supporter of equal marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian couples.

His predecessor, Republican Linda Lingle, vetoed a civil unions bill in 2010.

In the Senate vote, two Democrats defected to join the body's lone Republican in voting against equality. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the House 44 to 7, and the marriage bill is expected to pass there as well, making Hawaii the 15th state where same-sex marriage is legal. The District of Columbia and seven Native American nations also allow same-sex marriage.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Ironically, Hawaii was the state that touched off the national debate on marriage equality in 1993, when its Supreme Court ruled that it was discriminatory to prevent same-sex couples from marrying.

In response, Republicans in Congress introduced the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and passed it with bipartisan support in 1996. In 1998, Hawaiian voters approved a state constitutional amendment that allowed the legislature to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.

In 2010 and 2011 the state legislature approved civil unions bills that recognized same-sex relationships, but did not grant them the status of marriages.

Abercrombie told reporters he decided to push the marriage bill through the legislature because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last June striking down the key sections of DOMA.

'The bill primarily is in response to the recent Supreme Court decisions and legal action that was taken in our state with regard to equality issues that we think the bill will resolve,' the governor said.

Recent polls have consistently found majority support for marriage equality among Hawaiians. A January 2013 Honolulu Civil Beat poll found that 55% of Hawaii voters were in favor of same-sex marriage while 37% were opposed. An August 2013 QMark Research poll found that 54% of Hawaii residents favored same-sex marriage, with 31% against.

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