Rep. John Mizuno (D-Kalihi) introduced two bills regarding marriage — both propose constitutional amendments, but while one bill legalizes same-sex marriage, the other limits marriage to heterosexual couples.
“I’m not afraid to let the people decide,” he said.
A second bill to legalize same-sex marriage was also introduced in the House on Thursday. Rep. Faye Hanohano (D-Puna) is that bill’s sole sponsor.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of 15 Hawaii representatives is advocating for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
State Sen. Mike Gabbard, a Democrat, is proposing a bill in the Senate that would put the issue to voters, and if passed, the amendment would be placed on the ballot during the November 2014 election.Gabbard is a former Republican who campaigned against promoting homosexuality in the 1990s. He pushed for a constitutional amendment giving the state Legislature the power to limit marriage to a man and a woman. The amendment passed in 1998.
Gabbard said that a ballot initiative would be the most democratic way to resolve the issue.
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