Hawaii nears gay marriage approval
HONOLULU — The state’s House of Representatives late Friday passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, all but ensuring that Hawaii will soon join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed.
After 12 hours of debate, the House approved the measure by a vote of 30-19. It is expected to be sent Tuesday to the Senate, which must accept revisions in the House version for it to become law.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, lauded the House action and indicated he would quickly sign the legislation when it reaches him.
“I look forward to a successful conclusion to this major step in affirming everyone’s civil rights,” he said late Friday night.
— New York Times News Service