The Hawaii House voted to advance the marriage equality bill by almost a 2-1 margin Wednesday night, setting up a final vote for Friday.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
The Hawaii House on Wednesday night moved forward a bill to legalize gay marriage to the chamber’s final vote after a nearly 11-hour hearing that featured political maneuvering and chanting crowds outside the gallery. In a roll call vote, House lawmakers voted 30-18 to move forward the bill for a final reading, with three members excused. The bill will go to a last vote on Friday. If the measure passes the House, it will have to be approved by the state Senate because of three amendments added during a House committee hearing.
The bill would then be voted on again next Tuesday by the Senate:
If the sessions go as planned, the House will vote on the bill Friday, allowing the Senate to give its final approval Tuesday before forwarding the bill to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called the special session. Abercrombie has said he approves of the bill as amended by the House.
Two House committees had already amended the bill to delaying its start date and slightly broaden a religious exemption that covers clergy and religious organizations. The committees also deleted language from the bill that related to how children of gay couples could qualify for Native Hawaiian benefits.
Other amendments that would have put the bill to a public vote or delayed it were all defeated on the House floor.
“No, nobody’s going to beat me up. Nobody’s going to throw me out of my (LGBT) community — I’m not quite sure of that. I might vote against something that I personally believe in. I personally believe I should have the right. You know how hard it is for me to say no? I have to say no.”
Sad that someone in our own community would turn on us to join the haters.