By a vote of 18-12, the Hawaii House Judiciary and Finance committees passed Senate Bill 1 calling for legalization of same-sex marriage.

SB 1 was amended to expand exemptions for religious groups that oppose gay marriage by including “for profit” organizations; legislators are using Connecticut’s same-sex marriage law as a guide. The amendment also removes a section on parental rights, changes the effective date of the bill to Dec. 2, and addresses a few minor technical issues.

The vote on SB 1came after five days of testimony. The measure now awaits a full vote in the House before it heads back to the Senate for consideration. Civil Beat will have a full report on the SB 1 decision later today.

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