BREAKING: Marriage equality passes in the House!November 8, 2013
The Hawaii House has passed the freedom to marry, 30-19! Today’s historic vote moves Hawaii one step closer to granting marriage equality to all of Hawaii’s families.
The House vote came after lawmakers reviewed thousands of written testimonies on all sides of the debate including statements from over 8,000 testifiers in support. Hawaii United for Marriage, together with our coalition partners, have helped move marriage forward for all loving and committed couples! The people of Hawaii urged our representatives to stand on the right side of history — and today, they did just that.
Because the House passed a slightly amended version, the bill must now return to the Senate for final approval.
“We are gratified by the vote in the State House, but the process needs to take another important step. That’s because the Senate and House versions are different, and both sides need to agree on a final version in order for Hawaii to have marriage equality,” said Lois Perrin, ACLU-Hawaii Legal Director and a founding member of Hawaii United for Marriage.
“This all boils down to a simple choice: Do we want a Hawaii that condones discrimination by one group of people against another group of people, or do we want a Hawaii that treats all people with fairness and respect—no matter what their religion and no matter who they love.” Perrin said.
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