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Hawaii Senate advances same-sex marriage bill past 2nd vote

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

HONOLULU –The state Senate advanced a bill to legalize gay marriage during a special session Tuesday, sending it to a final floor vote that would get the legislation to the House.

The final Senate vote is planned during a session that starts Wednesday morning. The bill is expected to pass there easily, then travel to the House where its prospects are less certain.

Hawaii-flag The Senate’s brief floor session Tuesday was far different than a committee hearing Monday that lasted nearly 12 hours with nearly 4,000 pages of written testimony and about 400 people testifying in person.

The bill passed its second reading with no amendments and no attempts to try to block it from moving forward.

Sen. Clayton Hee, who led the public hearing Monday as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, thanked those who testified and helped organize the logistics of the crowded hearing.

Hee said people understood the gravity of the issue at hand.

“I think for the most part people had the opportunity to express themselves,” Hee said.

Those who testified Monday were asked to limit their comments to one minute, then were cut off at two minutes. The testimony ranged widely on points in favor of or opposing the bill, touching on everything from religion and science to classroom education and personal experience.

Hee said 40 percent of written testimony came in favor of the bill, while 60 percent opposed gay marriage or the special session being used to consider the legislation.

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Some who came to speak Monday complained when Hee and other lawmakers occasionally excused themselves for short breaks, which Hee said was mainly to use the bathroom.

Hee raised the issue again Tuesday, poking fun at Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria for an extended absence during the hearing.

Senate Vice President Ronald Kouchi responded by saying Galuteria had a minor surgical procedure, then returned to the Capitol . He then offered the floor to Galuteria.

“It had something to do with where the sun don’t shine,” Galuteria said.

A joint committee hearing in the House has been scheduled for Thursday if the bill passes the Senate.

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  1. Make it happen Hawaii!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:02pm
  2. Yeah!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:04pm
  3. Good !!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:06pm
  4. Make it happen Hawaii ALOHA

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:07pm
  5. That means that it has a really good chance at success. Just a matter of time now.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:17pm
  6. Great news!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:24pm
  7. Let’s go #15

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:40pm
  8. Well done

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:57pm
  9. Ohh my Gosh! I wish here in the philippines is pursuing that law

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:03am
  10. Aloha, Hawaii. DO IT.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:04am
  11. Wonderful news

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:46am
  12. YES!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:01am
  13. aloha

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 3:01am
  14. Aloha!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:01am
  15. One step closer to Equality in the Rainbow State!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:14am
  16. Good for you. For Slovenia I have to wait for idon’tknowhowmanyyears more.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:56am
  17. Heck yeah Texas is next

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:29am
  18. Bravo to Hawaii…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:44pm
  19. Come on Missouri! Congrats Hawaii

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:29pm
  20. It’s so going to happen :)

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:31pm