Marriage equality measure finally advances in Hawaii

After five days of marathon testimony before the House, the measure goes up for a final vote on Friday

By Katie McDonough

Published November 7, 2013 2:16PM (EST)

                                                                                                  (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)
(AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

After nearly 60 hours of oral testimony dominated by opponents of equal marriage, two Hawaii House committees voted on Tuesday to advance their state's marriage equality bill.

"The big issue -- the most important -- was the religious exemption," Judiciary Chair Karl Rhoads explained in a press conference on the amended measure.

The House committees that advanced the measure broadened a religious exemption that allows religious groups, including churches and faith-affiliated nonprofits, to refuse services for same-sex couple's marriages.

The measure now awaits a full House vote, and will head back to the Senate for a final vote early next week.


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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