Marriage equality is really heating up in Hawaii. On Wednesday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie used a rally for marriage equality to release his version of a marriage measure for a potential special session of the legislation. Under Abercrombie’s version, the state would begin issuing marriage licenses on Oct. 3, with ceremonies beginning on Nov. 1.
Abercrombie is more than willing to call a special session of the legislature to pass a marriage equality bill. The question is whether there are the votes for passage. ”I’m simply not going to consider a special session if it becomes something that gets dragged out and a recycling of previous history,” Abercrombie said. “The bill’s there, we’re going to make ourselves available.”