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Marriage Bills Introduced In Hawaii

Jim Burroway

January 25th, 2013

A flurry of bills addressing same-sex marriage have been introduced into Hawaii’s House and Senate yesterday. One version of bills introduced simultaneously in both houses by Sen. Mike Gabbard (D-20) and Rep. Faye Hanohano (D-4) would grant full marriage equality to Hawaii’s same-sex couples.

Gabbard is a former Republican who campaigned against gay rights in the 1990s and pushed for the 1996 Constitutional amendment which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality and reserved the power to interpret what constitutes a legal marriage in the state to the legislature.

Two more bills introduced by Rep. John Mizuno (D-28) appear aimed at countering Gabbard and Hanohano’s bills. Mizuno, who says that he opposes same-sex marriage, proposed two constitutional amendments: one would ban same-sex marriage permanently, and the other would legalize it. Both amendments would go before voters.

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Hyhybt
January 25th, 2013 | LINK

That raises an interesting question again: if two proposed amendments which contradict each other go on the same ballot and both pass, what happens?

Not that it will come to that, of course.

StraightGrandmother
January 25th, 2013 | LINK

Alooooooo-Ha!
Go Hawaii!,,

Donny D.
January 25th, 2013 | LINK

Hyhybt wrote,

That raises an interesting question again: if two proposed amendments which contradict each other go on the same ballot and both pass, what happens?

I’d guess that the one getting the most votes would win.

Doug
January 26th, 2013 | LINK

“I’d guess that the one getting the most votes would win.”

Yes

Timothy Kincaid
January 27th, 2013 | LINK

Hanohano was the sole house sponsor of the marriage bill.

“Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of 15 Hawaii representatives is advocating for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.”

It’s not looking good for equality in Hawaii.

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