Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie calls special legislative session to pass marriage equality bill
Hawaii’s governor has called a special legislative assembly next month to debate a bill legalizing gay marriage, in what would make it the 14th US state to do so.
Lawmakers in the Pacific island state will meet from October 28 to discuss a bill “to address the issue of marriage equity,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), who in 2011 signed a law legalizing same-sex civil unions.
“The purpose of the Act as stated in the bill is to recognize marriages between individuals of the same sex … and to address questions of equity, civilly and otherwise,” he said.
“I’ve spent my entire life, politically, trying to find what’s the fairest thing to do,” he tweeted a short time later.
Attorney General David Louis said that, if the bill is approved, Hawaii could start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples from November 18.
Thirteen US states plus the capital Washington, a federal district, allow gay marriage.
In June, the US Supreme Court voted for the repeal of the defense of traditional marriage, which prevented same-sex couples from enjoying the same rights as heterosexual couples.
[Image via Gov. Neil Abercrombie Facebook page]