Equality on Trial reports:
The bill was officially filed on Tuesday, October 22, and will be introduced Monday: The “Hawai’i Marriage Equality Act of 2013″ bill was officially filed Tuesday. Senate officials confirm they will introduce the bill next week Monday, October 28 at the start of the same-sex marriage special session. Senator Clayton Hee says the first public hearing is scheduled before the Judiciary and Labor committee, which he chairs, on Monday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the State Capitol auditorium. Hee says testimony will be limited to 2 minutes a person, in an effort to accommodate everyone who wishes to address lawmakers.
The bill is scheduled to get its first reading in the House on the 31st. As we mentioned before, if it passes, couples in the state may begin to marry as early as November 18th. Equality on Trial also notes that the lawsuit in Hawaii has been put on hold until November 22nd, pending the vote of the legislature.
In the meantime, The National Organization for Marriage is getting busy with their own anti-gay marriage ad.
In anticipation of Governor Neil Abercrombie’s plan to call a special session for a marriage equality bill, the National Organization for Marriage has rolled out a new Hawaiian ad in the hopes of “preserving the traditions of our island ohana.” Ohana, as you might recall from Lilo & Stitch, means “family”.