HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday called for a
special legislative session to move forward on a bill that would
legalize gay marriage.
If lawmakers pass a bill, Hawaii would join 13 U.S. states and the
District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage. The special session is
scheduled to begin on Oct. 28.
The bill is the culmination of 20 years of discussion, Abercrombie
told reporters during a news conference at the Hawaii Capitol.
"Every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage and
equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has
been analyzed, has been discussed," Abercrombie said. "No one has been
left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point."
Abercrombie acknowledged that some people will be against the bill
because they disagree with the concept of gay marriage, but he said it
includes provisions — including a religious exemption — to protect First
Sunday, August 20 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-08-20 19:11:20 GMT
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