Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has announced that he calling a special session of the legislature to consider a marriage equality bill on October 28th.
State House Democrats have met over the past two weeks to count votes and determine if support existed to pass a measure. Senate Democrats are scheduled to meet later this week, although leaders have said they have enough votes to pass a bill recognizing same-sex marriage in Hawaii.
Abercrombie had previously said he was waiting for a clear signal from the Legislature before calling the lawmakers back for a special session. Last week, he said he believed he had all the information he needed to make his decision.
Abercrombie also added that it is time for this to session to happen stating: “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. No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point.”
If passed Hawaii would be the 14th state to offer marriage equality.
Good luck Hawaii!