- November 9, 2013
Hawaii House Representative Cynthia Thielen (R) with HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse
Mere hours ago, the Hawaii House of Representatives approved SB1 HD1, the Marriage Equality Act of 2013, bringing Hawaii one step closer to becoming the 16th state to provide marriage to all residents.
Hawaii House Representative Chris Lee (D) with HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse
After many hours and several days of testimony and deliberation, and 29 failed amendents, seeking to delay the vote, the bill overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 30 to 19. The bill must now head back to the Senate, which will have to agree to the House’s version. You may recall, the Senate passed a similar version with a vote of 20 to 4 last week. While marriage equality in the Aloha State is expected, we are cautiously optimistic that the state Senate will approve the House’s version of the bill.
Today’s House victory is a testament to the dedication of an amazing group of representatives: Speaker Joseph Souki, House Judiciary Chair Karl Rhoads, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke, Representative Chris Lee, Representative Della au Bellati, and Republican Representative Cynthia Thielen.