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House Passes Final Vote on Marriage Equality Bill

House Passes Final Vote on Marriage Equality Bill
Posted November 9th, 2013 @ 8:03am

The state House voted Friday to grant marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples. The 30-19 vote sends the bill to the state Senate, which is inclined to agree to the House version Tuesday and transmit the bill to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his signature. Gay couples could get married in Hawaii as soon as December 2. Clergy would have the right to refuse to perform gay weddings. Churches and other religious organizations would be able to decline to provide goods, services and facilities for gay weddings and celebrations if it violates religious beliefs.  Right after the vote, Governor Neil Abercrombie commended the House of Representatives for taking the historic vote, as he said "to move justice and equality forward." 

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