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Hawaii on the brink – Governor initiates special session to pass marriage equality bill

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Hawaii’s governor, Neil Abercrombie, said on September 9 that he will call his state’s legislature into special session to act on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The session will begin October 28. If legislators move quickly and efficiently, Abercrombie said, they could pass a bill in four or five days. According to state Attorney General David Louie, Hawaii could begin issuing licenses and conducting wedding ceremonies as early as November 18. The bill is the culmination of 20 years of discussion, Abercrombie told reporters during a news conference at the Hawaii State Capitol Building in Honolulu. ‘Every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage and equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has been analyzed, has been discussed,’ Abercrombie said. ‘No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point.’

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