Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director
Just moments ago, after over 54 hours of testimony, the Hawaii House Committees on Judiciary and Finance amended and passed SB1, the marriage equality bill; 10 to 7 in Finance and 8 to 5 in Judiciary.
With over 5100 testifiers in support and opposition of the bill, SB1 was amended to include language that would provide protections to religious institutions. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. While this is a huge hurdle in the passage of marriage equality in the Aloha State, the bill must pass the full House, then head back to the Senate, for the chamber to agree to the House’s amendments.
HRC organizers are on the ground in Hawaii continuing to work alongside Hawaii United for Marriage through the end of the special legislative session. It’s not over. Make sure you contact your state house members, letting them know how important marriage equality is for the Aloha State. Click here to send your message.