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Hawaii Senate Panel Advances Marriage Equality Bill in 5-2 Vote

Hawaii's Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee voted late last night to advance the marriage equality bill, the Star Advertiser reports:

HawaiiThe 5-to-2 vote came after the debate over marriage equality engulfed the state Capitol during the first day of a special legislative session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

"It's historic in the sense that there's a huge paradigm shift, but it's a shift that, in my opinion, bends the arc of justice towards the right way," Sen. Clayton Hee (D, Heeia-Laie-Waialua), the committee's chairman, said after the vote. "It takes us to a new level of equal rights."

The measure now heads to the full Senate, where approval is expected. Then on to the House Judiciary and Finance Committees, which have scheduled a 10 am hearing on Thursday. The full House will get the bill after that.

As we reported yesterday, the votes are reportedly there to pass the bill in the House.

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  1. Hot diggety dawg!

    Posted by: Clayton | Oct 29, 2013 11:14:00 AM

  2. There was a great deal of citizen opposition expressed on the live feed. It lasted well into the late night hours. They even had a mother who had kept her young, cranky, tired kid there for more than nine hours so she could tell them that Jesus did not want them to let gay people get married. It would appear that child abuse is acceptable, but marriage equality is not.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Oct 29, 2013 9:40:36 PM

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