On Monday Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii called for a special legislative session, scheduled to begin October 28, to consider a marriage equality bill. Abercrombie told reporters that the bill is the product of twenty years of discussion:
Every variation on a view with regard to the issue of marriage and equitable treatment for those engaged in marriage has been aired, has been analyzed, has been discussed . . . No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point.
If the bill passes, Hawaii would become the 14th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Such a victory would not only give marriage rights to committed couples in Hawaii, it would also move our nation one step closer to full marriage equality.
As PFAW Foundation President Michael Keegan has noted:
We won’t rest until couples in every state have an equal right to marry under the law. There’s plenty of work left to do. We can’t wait to do it.