HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii House lawmakers are poised to take their final vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage on the islands, with strong chances the measure will pass and move to the Senate for its second approval.
House members returned to the floor Friday morning for their final debate after a five-day public committee hearing and an 11-hour floor session earlier this week.
The debate is expected to go into the night. It is playing out amid noisy crowds outside the chamber and maneuvering inside from lawmakers for and against the bill.
Lawmakers shot down four floor amendments by Republicans, rejecting calls for a task force to study gay marriage, opt-outs for people who object to gay marriage and for children learning about gay people in schools, and a carve-out for religious organizations in the state's public accommodations law.
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