As has been well-reported, this afternoon the Hawaii state Senate passed the House version of SB1 19-4 with two excused. The bill, which legalizes same-sex marriage in the state, proceeds to Governor Neil Abercrombie, where it’s widely expected that he’ll sign it, perhaps within the next day.
Within minutes of the recording of the Senate vote, Hawaii Republican Party executive director Kayla Berube issued the following statement on the bill. Here it is, in its entirety:
“The Hawaii Republican Party appreciates that so many people, on both sides of this issue, passionately participated in the hearing process on this bill. However, what Hawaii witnessed during this special session was unprecedented – a democrat super majority side-stepped important issues like lowering the high cost of living for working class families or improving our keiki’s education, and instead pushed through controversial legislation in just ten days.
Governor Abercrombie and the Democrat political elite decided that Hawaii’s people are unfit to vote on important issues. Citizens may have been denied the right to vote on this issue, but next November they will not be denied the opportunity to vote on who represents them.”