Hawaii Senate passes same sex marriage billUPDATED 8:21 PM HST Nov 12, 2013Video Transcript
READING, CHEERING Hawaii is now poised to become the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage. Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. State senators overwhelmingly approved the marriage equality bill today.. KITV4 has been following this hotly contested and HISTORIC bill from the beginning- Andrew Pereira with the immediate reaction to the vote.. but first Catherine Cruz kicks off our live team coverage from the KITV4 Newsroom. It WILL go down in the books as a November to remember. We saw unprecendenedt turnout and public testimony that many hope will spur participation in a state where voter turnout is dismal. The bill is just a signature away from becoming law. Three weeks of special session came down to one final vote. And it did not end quietly... - tape 2 NATS 36: 44 -37:10 - "18 ayes four no's two excused. Bill passes final reading. yeah! Boo! Boo! I remind the audience to refrain other wise we will clear the gallery" Boos AND cheers after an outcome many predicted.. Some claiming it was a done-deal the whole time.. with little regard to the will of the majority. - Tape 1 Gabbard 49:51 -50: 04 - "That's not democracy by any stretch of the imagination That is not pono, by any stretch of the imagination. That is why the traditional marraige supporters are so outraged at whats going on for th last two weeks." But the senate held to their positions when the bill was introduced. Senator Clayton Hee read a letter from a new york woman now in her 80;s who sued for rights in new york and won. Evie Winsor urged Hee to do what it takes to pass a bill even an imperfect one. - Tape 1 Clayton Hee 43:43 -44:00 -"If no bill passs in hawaii it will be a loss for Hawaii but it will be it will also be a loss for the rest of the country for we need to keep building momentum for equality, state, by state, by state," And with that the Judiciary chairman delivered the votes on the landmark bill now on the verge of becoming state law. Some say the backlash of the vote could come by way of a push to give voters the right to initiative, referendum and recall. We have heard repeatedly in the last three weeks that Hawaii is the only state without it. back to you.