There is just one more step before the
legislature makes the inevitable decision to approve same-sex marriage in Hawaii.
It has been an extraordinary few weeks
in the state after nearly 60 hours of public testimony, much of it from the
faith-based community opposing Senate Bill 1.
Some accommodations have been made for religious exemptions
but that has not stopped hundreds of people from protesting at the capitol for
hours on end, asking for a public vote on the matter.
Many of those who oppose same-sex marriage have called our
offices, accusing us of bias toward the gay community. Nothing could be further
from the truth as we have painstakingly covered the issue right down the
Their passion is admirable but barring a successful legal
challenge down the road, the bill is likely to become law before long. For everyone thrilled with the opportunity of
same-sex couples to marry, there are those bitterly disappointed.
The courts will probably be the next step in this debate so
it is not ending anytime soon. But eventually, gay marriage will prevail as it
has in 15 other states.