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 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.