The Hawaii Senate approves bill allowing same sex marriages.

Hawaii Approves Same Sex Marriage Bill

The Slatest
Your News Companion
Nov. 12 2013 8:29 PM

Hawaii Approves Same Sex Marriage Bill

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in Hawaii.

Photo by Michael Austin/Getty Images

The Hawaii state senate approved legislation extending marriage rights to same sex couples on Tuesday. The bill passed the final legislative hurdle with a 19-4 vote, putting Hawaii on course to be the 15th state to legalize gay marriages. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, called the special legislative session to consider the bill and “has indicated he would swiftly sign the legislation into law,” Reuters reports. Last week, the state House of Representatives heard 56 hours of testimony during a five-day public hearing before voting to approve the bill on Friday night. The new law would allow for same-sex marriages to being taking place in the state on Dec. 2.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in New York City. Follow him on Twitter.

  Slate Plus
Plus Roundups
May 21 2015 2:34 PM What We Like Right Now Our favorite picks for the week of May 18, curated by Slate writers and editors. 
  Health & Science
May 22 2015 3:45 AM Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning In 10 percent of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.