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Abercrombie poised to make decision on special session

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:02 p.m. HST, Sep 06, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said today that he has received the feedback he needed from the state House and intends to make a decision on a special session on gay marriage "very shortly."

"I think the general conclusion is that everything that can possibly be said, has been said, every issue that could possibly be worked on, has been," Abercrombie told reporters at the state Capitol after meeting privately with House Democrats. "So it's just a matter now, I think, of taking a look at what the final wording of the bill might be and I'll make a decision very shortly."

House Speaker Joseph Souki declined to provide an updated vote count on gay marriage but said the votes "are still very close."

House Democrats met in private caucus to hear from Abercrombie and state Attorney General David Louie on the draft of a gay marriage bill.

The state Senate has the votes for gay marriage.

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MariaBetty wrote:
No special session, people deserve to have their voices heard on same sex marriage.
on September 6,2013 | 12:06PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
We've been hearing the voices on both sides of this issue for years. Time to move forward.
on September 6,2013 | 12:26PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Put it on the ballot!
on September 6,2013 | 12:45PM
localguy wrote:
Nice try but even on the ballot it would fail, DOMA is gone, time to move on. There are more important issues like the state's multibillion dollar pension shortfall, rail cost over runs to come, aging infrastructure, on and on. In perspective, gay marriage approval isn't an issue.
on September 6,2013 | 01:23PM
Grimbold wrote:
SOS Abercrombie! Save our Money. SOM! Just say NO to special taxwaste session.
on September 6,2013 | 12:55PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Abercrombie is going to make his decision very shortly. I thought all his decisions were done shortly?
on September 6,2013 | 12:14PM
gaylec wrote:
Neil is announcing that he is coming out. All you who voted for him are to blame so don't complain.
on September 6,2013 | 02:57PM
skydog1 wrote:
Too bad Abercrombie doesn't have the same sense of urgency for the economic well being of the State - something that affects everybody. He needs to show some leadership on energy issues, education, and economic development. On this, let's move on. Everybody must be treated equally. Why does it take a special session to do the right thing?
on September 6,2013 | 12:28PM
HCSSC wrote:
It's not "gay marriage" - it's marriage equality.
on September 6,2013 | 12:36PM
Grimbold wrote:
Hc - No it is standing the world on its head!
on September 6,2013 | 12:56PM
8082062424 wrote:
it is gay marriage no matter what you try and call it
on September 6,2013 | 01:50PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Equality, you say? Then how about permitting a father to marry his daughter, a brother to marry his sister, an adult to marry a 10-year-old kid, Oh, right. You can't do that because, we, the people passed laws they say it is not permitted. We also passed a law that says marriage shall be between a man and woman. The constitution does not guarantee or mandate that every human being have equal rights under law; it guarantees or mandates that the laws on the books be applied equally.
on September 6,2013 | 05:36PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
And that's exactly what this is about, passing a new law. Laws, as with societies and social norms, evolve. Sometimes that means replacing them with new laws. We get it, you don't like this new law, but you might want to get used to the new reality of how the majority of our society views this issue.
on September 6,2013 | 06:52PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
No, it's the redefinition of marriage!
on September 6,2013 | 07:14PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
where's the guy who always comments that this will make Hawaii the sodomy state?
on September 6,2013 | 12:53PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Is the Aloha State the new Sodomy State?
on September 6,2013 | 01:00PM
Kauai_Boy wrote:
With all due respect to my many gay friends, the governor should be spending his time figuring out how to extricate himself and the State from the mess they have gotten themselves into by leasing all the best agricultural lands they control on Kauai to the biotech seed companies, who have blasted the aina into sterility by applying restricted use pesticides, non-restricted us pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers for the sake of offshore corporate profits. Thousands will march in the Mana March this coming Sunday on Kauai to demand reasonable safeguards for health and well-being. I guess that marriage equality is less of a contentious issue these days than public safety, and so Guv has taken a stand on the easier issue.
on September 6,2013 | 01:04PM
fiveo wrote:
The governor is using the same sex marriage issue to bolster his standing among his core support groups who he needs to win re-election. It has nothing to do with anything else. Given that so few people make the effort to vote, it does not take many votes to win any elective office these days so although gays do not represent a large segment of the population, they are well organized, politically active and do vote. End of story.
on September 6,2013 | 01:30PM
mreduardo wrote:
So being well organized, and voting is a a bad thing? Isn't that the way democracy works?Anyway, the Supreme Court has voted on this and
on September 6,2013 | 02:47PM
kertime wrote:
No special session... I know this would be such a feather in the Governor's cap, but- a last minute session called would be provocative to the electorate.
on September 6,2013 | 01:59PM
TheFarm wrote:
Good show! This is a no-brainer. Give Hawaiiʻs families the equal rights they deserve RIGHT NOW. There is no reason to wait, no reason to stall. Special session, YES! The voters are with you, Gov!
on September 6,2013 | 02:03PM
MariaBetty wrote:
I don't care if you want to marry your dog, just not at my church you won't!
on September 6,2013 | 02:10PM
kertime wrote:
ps- (How soon is "shortly")?!
on September 6,2013 | 02:12PM
lookup wrote:
No Special Session! More important issues at hand! Legalizing gay marriage with the way the law is written right now would not be EQUAL RIGHTS. It would be taking away rights from othe people/groups. Busineses, churches, etc. who choose not to participate in anything to do with a gay marriage/weddings could face prosecution. So those rights of free choice and the right to refuse service to someone would be taken away. The Gov. and Legislature should work on a better way of finding TRUE EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL and then submit a better plan next year during a regular session.
on September 6,2013 | 02:25PM
CloudForest wrote:
Perverts can't produce offspring so they produce chaos ......... films at 11:00 !!
on September 6,2013 | 03:20PM
Shotzy wrote:
OK Gov. Crabberzombie, how many times the voting public has to say it. Put this on the ballot for the voters to decide.
on September 6,2013 | 07:04PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Our Constitution does not provide for voter referendums. We voted only once on this issue... 13 years ago. And that's when we gave the Legislature the power to decide this. People can crank about the "how" and "why" of that, but the reality is this decision is in the hands of our duly elected Legislators and Governor. We don't have to like it, but we do have to accept it.
on September 6,2013 | 07:27PM
Shotzy wrote:
Well my legislator is going to get an earful.
on September 6,2013 | 08:50PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
As is your right. Hopefully the rest of her/his constituents' opinions outnumber yours.
on September 6,2013 | 09:38PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Let's hope King Neill acquired some sense in that neck less head of his and just says no to a special session.
on September 6,2013 | 07:13PM
ptofview wrote:
No special session. What isn't completed during a regular session needs to be calendared next year. Gov. Abercrombie, move on to running the state.
on September 6,2013 | 11:49PM
hawaiifisherman wrote:
Gay marriage is fine, but why a special session? The regular session is only 4 months away. Can't they wait until January and save some of our tax money?
on September 7,2013 | 01:03AM
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