Hawaii is on track to become the seventh U.S. state to legalize marriage equality in 2013, following a state Senate vote on Tuesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
The Senate approved the bill by a 19-4 vote, four days after it passed in the state House by a 30-19 margin. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), who has promised to sign it. The bill would take effect on Dec. 2.
“This is nothing more than the expansion of aloha in Hawaii,” state Sen. J. Kalani English (D) told the Associated Press.
The AP reported that spectators cheered the bill’s passage so loudly that Senate President Donna Mercado Kim (D), who voted against it, had to order them to be quiet. Hawaii now joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing same-sex marriages, fulfilling the objective of a special legislative session called by Abercrombie in response to the June 2013 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
The bill will allow religious organizations and clergy member to refuse to perform or provide marriage-related services to same-sex couples if the churches felt it would violate their religious beliefs.
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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion
New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.
Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.
Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."