Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate Committee

After 12 hours of hearing from hundreds of people on both sides of the contentious gay marriage issue, the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee passed Senate Bill 1 allowing same-sex couples to marry in Hawaii.

The committee voted 5-2 shortly after 10 p.m. Sens. Sam Slom, a Republican, and Mike Gabbard, a Democrat, voted against the bill.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote then to House for more hearings where it faces a less certain future.

Read Civil Beat’s full report on the day-long special session as well as a live blog of the day.

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