17 years after they launched the first serious controversy over same-sex marriage in the country, Hawaii is set to become the 15th state to legally recognize such marriages after the state legislature approved it. Gov. Neil Abercrombie has already said he would sign the bill if it passed.
The state Senate, as expected, overwhelmingly approved a marriage equity bill today, sending the measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie who has vowed to sign it and make Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
An invitation-only bill-signing ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Hawaii Convention Center’s Liliu Theater. The event will be streamed live at http://governor.hawaii.com and broadcast on ‘Olelo’s channel 55.
Today’s 19-4 vote, while historic, was a somewhat anti-climatic end to the legislative special session that began Oct. 28 and included more than 55 hours of public testimony, followed by two day-long sessions in the House where lawmakers approved the bill late Friday night in a 30-19 vote.
“I look forward to signing this significant piece of legislation, which provides marriage equity and fully recognizes and protects religious freedoms,” Abercrombie said in a statement after the Senate vote.
Wingnuts, of course, are absolutely furious that the state our Kenyan-born Muslim atheist president pretends to be from now has marriage equality.