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Hawaii legislative committee decides not to hear same-sex marriage bill

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

HONOLULU — The state House Judiciary Committee has decided not to schedule a hearing for a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii, likely leaving the measure tabled tabled for this legislative session.

State Rep. Karl Rhoads, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that after polling his colleagues he determined there was not the political will for a gay-marriage bill this session, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

About 150 supporters of marriage equality gathered at the state Capitol on Monday to call on legislators to take up a bill before it was too late.

Thursday is the deadline for lawmakers to take action on the measure.

Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) has said he supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and has called on legislators to hold hearings on the measure.

A state-wide poll released last month showed growing support in Hawaii for allowing same-sex couples to marry.

According to the survey, 55 percent of voters said they support legalizing same-sex marriage, including 39 percent of voters who “strongly” favor it. Only 36 percent of voters said they opposed legalizing same-sex marriage.

In 2011, Hawaii legalized civil unions for same-sex couples; that law took effect January 1, 2012.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. again?!!! This is why we need a FEDERALLY protected marriage equality law! Stop this being a popularity contest with a minority that can never overwhelmingly win a vote.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:48am
  2. BOO HAWAII BOO!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:49am
  3. Decided based on pressure from the usual HATE groups denying that LGBTQ ppl deserve ANY RIGHTS!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:49am
  4. Boo.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:49am
  5. Horrible NEWS!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:49am
  6. I’m so disappointed. I was hoping they’d have more sense. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:50am
  7. The Hawaii legislature (and I lived in HI for years) makes doing nothing a science.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:52am
  8. *shakes fist*

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:52am
  9. BOO!!!!!! :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:55am
  10. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:51am
  11. who are they to just decide away peoples lives & relationships grow a pair of backbones

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:11pm
  12. dislike!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:40pm