Although Hawaii was the very first state to attempt passage of full marriage equality all the way back in 1993, the state was lacking in full equality with the Civil Unions Law. Thanks to Governor Abercrombie, it appears that Hawaii will have it by the end of 2013.
This week, Governor Abercrombie called a special legislative session for October 28, 2013 to consider the bill which would grant the ability for same-sex couples to have full marriage rights. At the same time, it protects the religious beliefs of churches who do not wish to perform same sex marriages. We should note that over 20 organized religions on Hawaii (including major religions like the Episcopalian Church) signed onto a letter to the State Legislature in support of Marriage Equality. The number of churches opposed to this historic justice is quickly dwindling, but unfortunately, powerhouses like the Catholic Diocese of Hawaii are still fighting against passage of marriage equality. Despite their antiquated protests, the stage appears set for passage of the law.