Hawaii Senate To Vote On Gay Marriage

Hawaii_Senate_Gay_MarriageHONOLULU — The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage on Tuesday, the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The bill allowing same-sex couples to wed on the islands starting Dec. 2 is expected to pass easily barring any unexpected surprises.

Senators are taking up the bill a second time because of changes made in the House, where the bill was amended and passed after a five-day public hearing and two lengthy floor sessions. An earlier version of the bill passed the Senate 20-4 with one lawmaker excused.

Senate lawmakers are expected to make two decisions Tuesday. First, senators will decide whether to accept the amended bill from the House. If they do, they’ll take a final vote on whether the bill should pass.

Source: Huffington Post