Hawaii House Democrats to caucus on gay marriage

Published On: Sep 05 2013 01:15:48 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

Democrats in the Hawaii House plan to meet with Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the state attorney general to discuss a draft of gay marriage legislation as Abercrombie considers whether to call a special session on the issue.

A House spokeswoman said Thursday the meeting is scheduled for Friday morning at the state Capitol.

The meeting comes more than a week after Abercrombie publicly released an 18-page draft of legislation that would allow marriage licenses to be issued starting Oct. 3 and ceremonies to begin Nov. 1.

Also Thursday, several dozen Hawaii businesses endorsed the legislation, including Waikiki hotel operator Aqua Resorts and several wedding-related businesses.

Abercrombie has not firmly said whether a special session will be called. The regular legislative session begins in January.

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