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Solid groundwork required before calling session


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2013

~~<p>Gov. Neil Abercrombie has indicated he likely will call for a special session of the state Legislature on the issue of same-sex marriage. And while the time is indeed ripe for Hawaii to do the right thing &mdash; namely, legalize marriage for same-sex couples in the name of civil liberties &mdash; the next steps must be clear-headed to yield a legally sound bill with adequate legislative support for enactment.</p>
<p>The federal government will extend more than 1,000 benefits to those in the military and is poised to do the same for same-sex couples living in states where they have wed. Hawaii should be among them as soon as &mdash; but not before &mdash; the way ahead becomes clear.</p>
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie has indicated he likely will call for a special session of the state Legislature on the issue of same-sex marriage. And while the time is indeed ripe for Hawaii to do the right thing — namely, legalize marriage for same-sex couples in the name of civil liberties — the next steps must be clear-headed to yield a legally sound bill with adequate legislative support for enactment.

The federal government will extend more than 1,000 benefits to those in the military and is poised to do the same for same-sex couples living in states where they have wed. Hawaii should be among them as soon as — but not before — the way ahead becomes clear. Login for more...



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