Marriage Equality Bill Dead For 2013 Session

KITV has this report. Excerpts:

The group Hawaii United for Marriage held a rally at state Capitol on Monday, urging lawmakers in the House and Senate to schedule committee hearings on bills that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii.

Lois Perrin, the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, said polling indicates there’s enough support among legislators to pass marriage equality.

"There are votes on the floor, in both the Senate and the House, to hear these bills," Perrin told reporters. "The time to act is now."

However Rep. Karl Rhoads, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, told KITV4 the votes simply don’t exist to legalize same-sex marriage. Although a supporter of gay unions, Rhoads says it would be unwise to bring a measure before his committee if the final outcome in the full House is already known, even if the vote is razor-thin close.

"After consultations with my colleagues, I don’t believe we have the political will to pass the measure this session,” said Rhoads. “You never know as an individual how you’re going to vote until you actually get there, but it would be an extremely close vote. … “

—Chad Blair

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