Back-up links:Hawaii Gov. Calls Special Session on Gay Marriage
HONOLULU September 10, 2013 (AP)
By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press
Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday called for a special legislative session to move forward on a bill that would legalize gay marriage.
If lawmakers pass a bill, Hawaii would join 13 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage. The special session is scheduled to begin Oct. 28.
The bill is the culmination of 20 years of discussion, Abercrombie told reporters during a news conference at the Hawaii Capitol.
"Every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage and equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has been analyzed, has been discussed," Abercrombie said. "No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point."
Abercrombie acknowledged that some people will be against the bill because they disagree with the concept of gay marriage, but he said it includes provisions — including a religious exemption — to protect First Amendment rights.
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more possible equality winning over discrimination.
it be great to see these issues go minimum to state supreme courts and ruled on but ill take it this way too!
The best solution would be SCOTUS hearing a direct case and ruling on it assuring all states stop discrimination and respect equal rights.
Anyway the extra provision protection is a complete waste of time but its nice frosting to put on the bill to settle down the conspiracy theorist and fear mongers. I guess in ways its also smart though too since it makes the bogus claims of saying churches/religions are in danger even more silly.
I hope it passes, just another stone in the road of equality!