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Meeting set on draft of gay marriage bill

By Associated Press

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Democrats in the state House plan to meet with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the attorney general today to discuss a draft of gay marriage legislation as Abercrombie considers whether to call a special session on the issue.

A spokeswoman for the House of Representatives said Thursday the meeting is to be held at the state Capitol.

The meeting comes more than a week after Abercrombie released an 18-page draft of legislation that would allow marriage licenses to be issued starting Oct. 3 and ceremonies to begin Nov. 1.

Also Thursday, several dozen Hawaii businesses endorsed the legislation, including Waikiki hotel operator Aqua Hotels & Resorts and several wedding-related businesses. The businesses aligned themselves with Hawaii United for Marriage, a group advocating a special session.






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peanutgallery wrote:
The public has already voted on this, and said "NO".
on September 6,2013 | 03:23AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Is the Aloha State the new Sodomy State?
on September 6,2013 | 03:39AM
b_ryan wrote:
Seriously?
on September 6,2013 | 04:18AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
b_ryan yes seriously the VOTERS of the State of Hawaii voted on this and said NO!
on September 6,2013 | 04:24AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
The voters have changed their minds. They are allowed to do that.
on September 6,2013 | 05:33AM
aomohoa wrote:
You are a nasty judgmental person. It is NOT your place to judge.
on September 6,2013 | 09:42PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Wrong! The people voted to give the legislature the power to decide. I wish you would learn the facts before posting.
on September 6,2013 | 07:58AM
b_ryan wrote:
PROGRESS! Noting is set in stone, its just a meeting. Some of you need to relax.
on September 6,2013 | 04:16AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 06:14AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And what many seem to forget is that the people changed their minds and got rid of that those discriminatory public practices and laws. It's time to pass marriage equality for same-sex couples.
on September 6,2013 | 06:30AM
Hank13 wrote:
Bigamists unite! End the "discrimination"!
on September 6,2013 | 07:25AM
false wrote:
downtowngreen: As a bisexual, I am proud of the progress towards gay marriage and appreciate your support. I have been in a loving relationship with my two partners for 3 years and consider this progress as the first step in us being able to legalize our relationship. I am sure my LGBT brothers and sisters will give our cause momentum when the time is right!
on September 6,2013 | 07:45AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As a trisexual, I find your views rather narrow.
on September 6,2013 | 09:41AM
false wrote:
I had a friend that was trisexual. He would tri anything.
on September 6,2013 | 11:50AM
Cricket_Amos wrote:
.The comparison is questionablel. There is no biological reason why so-called interracial marriages should not occur; prohibitions were simple prejudice. When it comes to sitting on a railway seat, there is not difference between one okole and the next. Gay marriage is a completely different issue. The biological foundation for marriage is the differences between the sexes. It is factually not achievable in a so called same sex marriage. Men do not have babies. The term "marriage equality", in reference to same-sex unions, is an oxymoron.
on September 6,2013 | 08:26AM
kertime wrote:
Msicegenation was NOT about same-sex marriages... Apple<>Oranges<>Male:Male<>Female:Female<>Male x Female
on September 6,2013 | 07:56AM
soundofreason wrote:
Meeting???.........or circle.......
on September 6,2013 | 07:16AM
sgsorensen wrote:
We live in a constitutional republic where certain rights are inalienable and not put up for public vote(mob rule). What if the "public" voted to reinstate slavery? take away women's right to vote? Would that be OK? It's called the Constitution, read it some time!!!
on September 6,2013 | 07:22AM
Hank13 wrote:
Lawyers should also endorse gay marriage. I would bet the gay divorce rate will exceed the traditional marriage divorce rate.
on September 6,2013 | 07:23AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 07:25AM
Hank13 wrote:
I bet that you don't know what you are talking about.
on September 6,2013 | 08:24AM
aomohoa wrote:
How mature. Like a 5 year old!
on September 6,2013 | 09:46PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Hank, if you check the actual empirical research, you'll see that it is just the opposite.
on September 6,2013 | 09:18AM
Hank13 wrote:
I don't think gay marriage has yet been given a fair chance to prove itself. I don't know what empirical research you're talking about, but once given a chance, which will take a while, my bet is still a higher gay divorce rate. Time will tell. If it doesn't exceed traditional marriage divorce rates it will still be an increase in business for the lawyers.
on September 6,2013 | 12:41PM
kertime wrote:
Do we not have a representative government anymore in this state?! My "representative" L Thielen has made up her mind without representing her constituency. Time for people to Wake Up!
on September 6,2013 | 07:53AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Wrong! She told you where she stood on this issue when she was running for office - she is a very strong supporter for Marriage Equality! Too bad YOU do not believe in equality!
on September 6,2013 | 07:56AM
kertime wrote:
Too bad I do not believe in redefining marriage. Too bad she is representing her views only. Too bad we no longer have a representative democracy. Yep, too bad, way too bad. Auwe
on September 6,2013 | 08:34AM
kertime wrote:
The people of Hawai'i will come to realize that they need the means to Recall Politicians in this state.
on September 6,2013 | 07:58AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 08:39AM
kertime wrote:
I don't post here very often- I have better things to do, actually. You? You do seem to spend much time here... whining
on September 6,2013 | 09:24AM
aomohoa wrote:
Touche! LOL
on September 6,2013 | 09:47PM
kertime wrote:
Interesting that the rising tide of narcissism in our culture is somewhat in-synch with the push for marriage equality... but we must know that the highest proportion of narcissists are found in politics and entertainment (we seem to have some very entertaining politicians).
on September 6,2013 | 08:39AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 08:43AM
kertime wrote:
"Too bad" is wearing a little thin, really? I think Freud may have been right about the tie-in of homosexuality and narcissism. Obvious from the current cultural milieu. If any elected official are free of their constituents' sentiments, perhaps senators- but representatives? No
on September 6,2013 | 09:27AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 08:58AM
kertime wrote:
A representative should represent his electorate's views... really simple idea.
on September 6,2013 | 09:23AM
kds wrote:
doesn't overtime need to be approved and for an urgent matter? why call a special session and incur all the costs associated with it, to do something that can be done during the regular session of next year's legislature? what's the rush and why do we have to pay for it?
on September 6,2013 | 09:27AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"Several dozen businesses endorsed the legislation."

Hotels, wedding chapels, wedding planners and caterers. Wow. What a shocker. I am sure the endorsement springs from their sincere concern about civil rights and not at all about their profit & loss statements.


on September 6,2013 | 09:37AM
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on September 6,2013 | 09:42AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ha. If you were paying attention you would have noted that I am pro same sex marriage. I gather you are too although I would say your attitude has done more to turn off people to your message than all the anti rants on the forum.
on September 6,2013 | 08:20PM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 09:38AM
kertime wrote:
NWRT- Not worth responding to - Makapuu4's bully pulpit
on September 6,2013 | 09:50AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 09:58AM
kertime wrote:
NWRT
on September 6,2013 | 10:06AM
Imagen wrote:
but you just did... LOL
on September 6,2013 | 02:18PM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 09:40AM
kertime wrote:
Yet here you are with knuckleheaded post after post.
on September 6,2013 | 09:47AM
kertime wrote:
For the few who read these comments, the petition to have the right for citizens to recall their Hawaii state elected officials: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/hawaii-public-officers?source=s.fwd&r_by=8670284
on September 6,2013 | 09:46AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 09:51AM
kertime wrote:
Not my petition, Einstein- get a grip
on September 6,2013 | 10:05AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 10:12AM
kertime wrote:
Your aloha is overwhelming: referring to someone you don't know as an "idiot" and "homophobe"- okay, I get it, civility isn't your strong suit, nor tolerance. I think some 600 people have signed that petition. "piggybacking"?! NWRT
on September 6,2013 | 10:39AM
kertime wrote:
" Idi0t", "homophobe"... your Aloha is overwhelming, your tolerance of other views: admirable
on September 6,2013 | 10:46AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 10:57AM
kertime wrote:
Can someone oppose redefining marriage without being labelled "homophobe". Sounds to me like someone in that category would be fearful of homosexuals? (Why on earth would anyone be fearful of homosexuals? Unless maybe they had heard how when Sen Gabbard took a stand for traditional marriage in the late 90s, gay activists forced his business to close, vandalized his car, and traumatized his small children at the time?)- are there heterophobic homosexuals? Knee-jerk reactions, like labelling someone who opposes your view, again: so very admirable, and quite civil (for someone so concerned about civil rights)
on September 6,2013 | 01:55PM
realist3463 wrote:
Let's make it legal to have more then one spouse too.
on September 6,2013 | 12:11PM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on September 6,2013 | 12:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good one. LOL My husband would agree.
on September 6,2013 | 09:51PM
kpopfiend wrote:
Mahalo to my fellow Democrats for supporting this issue and pushing forward with a special session to end the denial of federal benefits to LGBT couples would become eligible upon passage. Mahalo for keeping with the Hawaii Democratic party Platform and not giving in to the political pressures of the religious right.
on September 6,2013 | 03:08PM
CloudForest wrote:
Perverts cant produce children - so they create chaos in the illusion that they can be "normal". Maybe Sandusky could be their spokesman.
on September 6,2013 | 04:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
You've got a point . They can't, like all the loser on welfare that have them just to get more money from the government.
on September 6,2013 | 09:53PM
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