Governor Tweaks Religious Exemptions in Gay Marriage Bill

Governor Abercrombie

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has given state lawmakers a slightly revised version of the gay marriage bill they are set to hear when the hotly anticipated special session starts Monday.

There are some subtle, though significant, differences concerning religious exemptions between the governor’s version and Senate Bill 1, which is expected to be introduced by Sen. Brickwood Galuteria.

The primary distinction is the governor’s version clearly states that nothing in his bill trumps the state’s public accommodations law, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation when a facility is rented for commercial use.

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