No special session yet for same-sex marriage; Draft marriage bill

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie will not be calling a special session to take up the same-sex marriage issue, at least not right now.

The administration gave lawmakers a same-sex marriage bill Wednesday based on a Senate bill introduced last session.

The governor wants to give all the lawmakers a chance to digest it before announcing if there’s going to be a special session.

On Wednesday, Gov. Abercrombie spoke about the importance of equality at a rally at the State Capitol.

“There’s nothing being dragged out we’re doing due diligence and deliberation on a bill that’s been presented to the caucus for the first time. There’s all kinds of versions out there until one actually gets in front of them that’s what counts,” Gov. Abercrombie said.

“The governor spoke to me this morning and he didn’t give any time as to if and when he would call a special session,” said Rep. Joe Souki (D) House Speaker. “This is a very difficult issue. It’s going to change the whole paradigm. There’s strong feelings on both sides.”

Earlier Wednesday, House Democrats met in private to talk about same-sex marriage.

The governor and House Speaker Souki did not say where the bill stands now, but the state Senate does have enough votes for the same-sex marriage bill.

Click here to view the draft bill

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