The Hawaii House of Representatives passed a second reading of an amended version of SB 1, the "Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013" Wednesday night passed 30 to 18, with 3 legislators excused. The vote came after hours of procedural delays, involving several amendments introduced by Representatives who have stood in opposition to same-sex marriage -- including two failed attempts to enact a Constitutional amendment to let the people decide and one motion to postpone a vote on the bill "indefinitely".
The following Representatives voted YES:
SB 1, House Draft 1 expands the religious exemptions to protect clergy from refusing to perform wedding ceremonies and religious institutions from being compelled to allow wedding celebrations or provide wedding goods or services to a same-sex couple. If the House passes SB 1 on it's third reading, which is expected sometime Friday, November 8 -- it will then crossover to the Senate for a final vote. If SB 1 passes in the Senate, it will go into effect December 2, 2013.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - SB 1 HD 1 can be read here.