HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The deadline has passed, but civil unions supporters aren't giving up on the push to get marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Supporters of House Bill 444 rallied Monday afternoon, handing out equal rights booklets to lawmakers.
But last Thursday was the final day for non-fiscal bills to pass through conference committee.
The House Speaker indefinitely postponed a crucial vote, but civil union supporters are hoping for a miracle.
"We chose to start getting in there now because a lot of the bills have been decked and now they're in their final voting," Civil Unions supporter Tambry Young said. "Perhaps they'll be a little bit more open to looking at our issue again."
On the final day of last year's session, the bill almost made it through, after some legislators agreed to revisit the issue, but it was eventually shelved.