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Joint House Committee Has Votes to Pass Hawaii Gay Marriage Bill

·By civilbeat

The Finance and Judiciary committees hearing the gay marriage bill today have more than enough votes needed to advance the measure to the full House, according to a Civil Beat tally based on interviews with lawmakers.

The 30-member joint committee has at least 20 “yes” votes. Eight reps are expected to vote “no” and two are either undecided or have reservations.

The committees vote independently though. There are 13 members on the Judiciary Committee, of which at least eight are expected to vote “yes.” The Finance Committee has 17 members, of which at least 11 are expected to vote in favor.

The Finance and Judiciary committees, chaired by Reps. Sylvia Luke and Karl Rhoads, respectively, started hearing testimony on Senate Bill 1 at 10 this morning. 

More than 4,000 people have now signed up to testify on the bill, which means the hearing will likely be cut off at midnight and resume sometime Friday. (Read Civil Beat’s coverage of the Senate’s all-day session Monday here.)

The first couple hours of today’s hearing has focused on the public accommodations law and religious exemptions. 

Mostly Republican lawmakers grilled Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s deputy chief of staff, Blake Oshiro, to start the day. Now a broad range of reps are asking the second person to testify, Attorney General David Louie, for his legal expertise on the proposed gay marriage law.

Civil Beat will be following the hearing throughout the day — and into the night. So check back anytime or follow us on

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