Hawaii Governor Calls for Special Session for Marriage Equality Bill
September 10, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Yesterday Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie called for a special legislative session to move forward marriage equality in the state.
“The decision to call a special session is based on doing what is right to create equity for all in Hawaii,” said Abercrombie said yesterday at the State Capitol.
"It's time for marriage equity to take place, and it's also time to recognize that it can take place without violating the religious principals of anybody in this state," Abercrombie said yesterday at the State Capitol.
In February, the State House Judiciary Committee failed to schedule a hearing on the marriage equality bill, a procedural hurdle that in effect stalled the bill for the previous legislative session.
Despite the set back, support for marriage equality has reached an all-time high of 54 percent, and continues to grow.
To secure marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples, HRC is proud to continue our work alongside Hawaii United for Marriage, a strong coalition of local organizations, religious congregations, labor unions and businesses. HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer Adrian Matanza, who was in the Aloha state building support for equality in the recent fight to win civil unions, will be on-hand to help continue the momentum for equality in the days and weeks leading up to the October special session.
Currently, 13 states plus the District of Columbia, have marriage equality laws on the books.
To learn more about the fight for marriage equality in Hawaii, visit http://hawaiiunitedformarriage.org
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