Hawaii House Passes Marriage Equality Bill in 30-19 Vote: VIDEO


Hawaii's House passed SB1, the marriage equaliy bill, on a thrid and final reading in a 30-19 vote after hours of debate and many delays, Hawaii News Now reports:

HawaiiAdvocates of the bill, who flooded the mauka side of the Capitol Rotunda, erupted in cheers and tears of joy as they reached for each other hugging and kissing their fellow same-sex marriage supporters. Across the way on the makai side, opponents fell quiet after hours of chanting "Let the people vote!" -- many held hands and bowed their heads in prayer.

In a statement released by the Governor's office immediately following the bill, Governor Neil Abercrombie -- who called the Special Session -- said the following:

"I commend the House of Representatives for taking this historic vote to move justice and equality forward. After more than 50 hours of public testimony from thousands of testifiers on both sides of the issue, evaluating dozens of amendments, and deliberating procedures through hours of floor debates, the House passed this significant bill, which directly creates a balance between marriage equity for same-sex couples and protects our First Amendment freedoms for religious organizations. I applaud Speaker Souki, Judiciary Chair Rhoads, Finance Chair Luke, Majority Leader Saiki and the rest of the leadership team for their patience, fairness and hard work in shepherding this bill through the House. I am confident that the Senate will address the bill in the same spirit. I look forward to a successful conclusion to this major step in affirming everyone's civil rights."

The Senate will address the amended version of the bill on November 12.

Once passed, it would go into effect on December 2, making Hawaii the 16th state to have passed marriage equality.

Watch a news report from HNN shwoing the vote and the reaction, AFTER THE JUMP..

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

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  1. Ma'ane'i No Ke Aloha!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Nov 9, 2013 8:34:12 AM

  2. Congrats Hawaii!

    Posted by: Reality | Nov 9, 2013 8:44:51 AM

  3. Wonderful news! But, beware the reactionaries who have vowed to seek court injunctions to prevent it from going into effect should it pass final vote in the Hawaii Senate.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 9, 2013 9:16:59 AM

  4. Aloha, Hawaii! Thank you to all the Men and Women of Hawaii's legislature for your bravery in doing the right thing!

    Posted by: ber | Nov 9, 2013 9:23:30 AM

  5. mauka away from the sea
    makai towards the sea
    kane man
    wahine woman
    ohana family (of your choice )
    mahalo thank you
    ALOHA hello goodbye peace love

    Posted by: bandanajack | Nov 9, 2013 10:07:26 AM

  6. This is what's possible when we elect liberal/ Democrat legislatures and governors. Anyone who denies this is being disillusional, or a disingenuous Republican.

    Congrats Hawaii!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Nov 9, 2013 10:41:39 AM

  7. Fantastic news! This MAY be one of the most visible states as Hawaii has long been highly prized as a marriage location. It will certainly add dignity to any ceremony as it symbolizes the SPECIAL love between two people who just happen to be gay . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2013 10:44:47 AM

  8. Loved the contrast between the two groups' reactions to the vote. Glad there were tenfold more supporters than detractors. Congrats, Hawaii!

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Nov 9, 2013 10:56:35 AM

  9. @NY2.0 -- The vote here, and in many other states, was bipartisan. Both for and against. I would say that the result in Hawaii shows what is possible when you elect PROGRESSIVE legislatures and governors. The party affiliation is instructive (since "Democrat" correlates with "Progressive" more than "Republican" does). But it is most definitely not determinative.

    In other words, I would vote for Rep Thielen (R) any day over Rep Har (D) or Rep Jordan (D). It is not enough to simply pick "D" over "R." Our allegiance should be to policies and principles before parties.

    Posted by: Lars | Nov 9, 2013 11:56:52 AM

  10. 20 years after Hawaii started the marriage equality ball rolling, Hawaii finally moves to the equality column thanks to fair minded legislators and a good governor. With Dems in a majority, of course, or it wouldn't have happened.

    @Jamal49: The Senate already passed the bill, it just has to go back for final approval. And the reactionaries are full of bitter hot air. This is done. Congratulations, HI!

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 9, 2013 11:58:01 AM

  11. @Lars, you are entirely correct but let's be real here. This would've never happened even if there were a bunch of progressives as part if a Republican majority.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Nov 9, 2013 12:04:49 PM

  12. From the department of "Not that it really mattters, but..."

    If, as expected, the Hawaii Senate passes the amended bill on Tuesday and if Governor Abercrombie chooses to sign it before Nov. 20 (when Illinois Gov. Quinn has scheduled HIS signing ceremony) then Hawaii, while "passage" might have come a few days later, will be the 15TH state to ENACT equal marriage and Illinois 16th. Which, after all, is what we really care about.

    Further, given the Dec 2, 2013 effective date in Hawaii compared to the June 1, 2014 effective date in Illinois, I think Hawaii is clearly entitled to be placed as number 15 on the list. Not that it really matters.... :-)

    Posted by: Buster | Nov 9, 2013 2:47:46 PM

  13. You have two typos in the first sentence alone.

    Posted by: Todd | Nov 9, 2013 7:26:37 PM

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