(San Francisco, CA, November 9, 2013)—Late yesterday, the State of Hawaii House of Representatives voted 30-19 to move forward a marriage equality bill. The bill must now clear a concurrence vote in the Senate before going to Governor Neil Abercrombie for consideration. Gov. Abercrombie has said he will sign the bill into law. When the governor signs the bill, Hawaii will become the 16th state in the country to embrace marriage equality for same-sex couples.
The bill passed the Senate 20-4 last week after two days of testimony.
Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.:
“Our national progress toward having our relationships treated equally took a giant leap forward today when the Hawaii House sent a marriage equality bill to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his signature. Hawaii has been at the forefront of the freedom to marry for more than 20 years, and today we celebrate with all the residents of the Aloha State.”