Hawaii resumes marriage debate in special session today

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HONOLULU -- Hawaii returns to the marriage-equality debate today when lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a special session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who wants gay and lesbian couples to have the right to marry.

Senate Bill 1, dubbed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013, will be re-introduced this morning in the Legislature. Then the Committee on Judiciary and Labor, chaired by Sen. Clayton Hee, will conduct a public hearing at 10:30 am Hawaii time in the auditorium at the Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St.

Supporters and opponents of marriage equality will be given time to state their cases, and each individual is asked to limit their oral testimony to two minutes. Supporters believe the time is right for marriage equality, and opponents are pushing lawmakers to conduct another public vote on the rights of a minority.

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