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Did the Hawaii Senate approve marriage-equality bill today?

HONOLULU -- The Democratic-controlled Hawaii Senate voted 19-4 today to pass an amended version of SB 1, the marriage bill the upper chamber had recently approved. Three Senators were not present.

The Hawaii House voted 30-19 on Friday night to pass SB 1, after another marathon session marked by parliamentary rules challenges, abrupt recesses, and the introductions of a series of amendments by several anti-gay lawmakers that had no chance of passage. The House tweaked SB 1, which is why the bill was sent back to the Senate for a re-vote.

Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie will sign the bill into law, possibly as soon as Wednesday, in a ceremony limited to about 200 invited guests due to security concerns

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