Rainbow near Hawaii state Capitol [source]

How many more gay people must God create until we realize He wants them here?Rep. Kaniela Ing (D- Kihei, Wailea, Makena)

The Hawaii state House passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) Friday evening on a vote of 30 to 19 with two excused.

The vote came after 22 years of statewide discussion, after 57 hours of public testimony before the legislature, after over 12 hours of debate on the House floor and with 55% support statewide.

The Hawaii state Senate passed the bill in October on a 20-4 vote, and is expected to approve the House’s amended version of the bill on Tuesday.  Update (Nov 12): The Senate approved the House version of the bill on a vote of 19 to 4 with 2 excused.  The bill now goes to Gov. Abercrombie for his signature.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is eager to sign the bill into law.

Same-sex couples may begin marrying in Hawaii on December 2, 2013.

Hawaii is the 16th state to allow same-sex couples the marry, and the 5th this year after Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota and Illinois whose legislature and governor acted to ensure the freedom to marry in their state.