Hawaiian Governor Neil Abercrombie called for a special legislative session to move forward on a bill that would legalize gay and lesbian marriage. The special session, which is scheduled for October 28, is the culmination of 20 years of heated debate in the Hawaiian Congress, and if passed, the state would be the 13th in the US and D.C. to allow same-sex couples to marry. “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,” Abercrombie said. “No one has been left out or has been marginalized in the process to this point.” So, why did the governor decide to hold a special session for this kind of vote? According to the AP: “in part because of implications on taxes for this year.”
Hawaii currently allows gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions.