Gay Marriage Push Gains Speed

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Gay Marriage Push Gains Speed


Reyes, Bj, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


Advocates for gay marriage have enlisted the support of Hawaii's congressional delegation to urge state lawmakers and the governor to act quickly to pass a measure for marriage equality.

All four Hawaii Demo­crats issued statements Friday urging elected officials to act on the matter without delay. The coordinated statement was released by Hawaii United for Marriage, a coalition of religious congregations, businesses, labor unions and community organizations.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state House and Senate leaders have been publicly circumspect about a special session before the end of the year, but there have been extensive discussions behind the scenes. If there is no special session, lawmakers will consider gay marriage during the next session of the Legislature, which starts in January.

"We're on the brink of getting marriage equality in Hawaii, and same-sex couples shouldn't have to wait any longer for this fundamental civil right,"?U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono said. "Let's get this done."

The push comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that legally married gay couples have the right to federal tax and health care benefits, along with the coalition's recent internal polls that show strong support for such measures and a recent University of Hawaii study touting the economic benefits to the state if a measure were passed.

Hawaii allows gay and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions and receive the same rights and benefits of marriage under state law. However, those couples do not enjoy federal benefits.

"Our country took an important step towards achieving marriage equality, and now it's time for Hawaii to step up and allow same-sex couples to marry,"?U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said. "I urge the Hawaii state Legislature to do what's right and make marriage equality a reality."

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hana­busa said it's time for Hawaii to "stand with the growing number of states across the country that offer full marriage equality to all of its citizens," while U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard added, "As long as government is involved in the marriage business, it must treat all Americans as equal."

House and Senate leaders have said they do not have the two-thirds' support required to call themselves back into special session, so the decision rests with Abercrombie, who aides say is waiting for a clear signal from the House about whether there are enough votes for a gay marriage bill. …

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