Hawaii: Gay Marriage Bills, Pro And Con, Before Lawmakers
By Chad Blair 01/26/2013
Hawaii advocates of gay marriage applauded the introduction of legislation this week that would give same-sex couples the same status, legal and symbolic, as opposite-sex couples.
Hawaii United for Marriage, a new hui of civil rights organizations, said Senate Bill 1369 aligns well with President Barack Obama's inaugural message.
In the first-ever use of the word "gay" in an inaugural address, Obama said, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well."
A similar measure, House Bill 1109, was also introduced. Both measures would follow the same path that civil unions took to eventual legalization, that is, through winning majority passage in the Hawaii Legislature and being signed into law by a governor supportive of gay equal rights.