The Hawaii House has moved forward a bill to legalize gay marriage to a final vote after a nearly 11-hour hearing that featured political maneuvering and crowds outside the chamber.
The House voted Wednesday night 30-18 to move forward the bill, with three members excused. The bill will go to a final reading on Friday.
If it passes the House, the bill will have to be approved by the state Senate because of three amendments.
The vote came after several rejected attempts to modify and change the bill, plus smaller votes that revealed support to move along the measure.
House lawmakers took turns giving testimony that ranged from sarcastic to emotional.