Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who declined to include a same-sex marriage bill in his legislative package, on Friday encouraged state House and Senate lawmakers to hear marriage legislation this session.
The state House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee have yet to schedule hearings on the legislation. Several sources have privately doubted whether there are enough votes for marriage equality, while others say lawmakers should wait and see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue later this year.
I have always supported human equality and agree with President Obama and our Congressional Delegation that all of our citizens should be treated equally.
Hawaii is a state defined by our diversity, compassion and aloha. I encourage our state legislators to hold hearings on the marriage equality bill so that we can further discussions on equal treatment under the law.