House committees pass same-sex marriage bill with amendments

Published On: Nov 05 2013 05:45:00 PM HST

Equality bill moves on to the full state House of Representative after two committees passed the marriage equality bill.

HONOLULU -

Two Hawaii House committees are moving forward a bill to legalize gay marriage to the full chamber.

Members of the House judiciary and finance committees voted for the bill Tuesday night after hearing more than 55 hours of public testimony that led to alterations in the bill.

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The committees made three amendments to the bill. One strengthens religious exemptions for clergy and organizations. Another deletes language governing Native Hawaiian parentage and a third moves the date ceremonies can begin to Dec. 2.

A House spokeswoman says the full House will consider the bill in a second reading on Wednesday, with the possibility of fully passing the bill on Friday.

The amendments mean the measure will have to be approved a second time by the state Senate, possibly on Tuesday.

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