Same-sex marraige a defining moment in State legislature historyUPDATED 7:31 PM HST Nov 09, 2013Video Transcript
Senator Clayton Hee calls this "a defining moment as an elected official"... Today, he recommended the Senate take the next step in making same sex marriage legal in Hawaii. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa is live at the state capitol with the latest. It was a firm recommendation by Senator Hee with Senator Galuteria by his side... He made it clear pass the bill just as it came from across the house last night. 1236 THE FACT THAT THE BILL WASN'T AMENDED ALLOWED US TO MAKE THE RECOMMENDATION TODAY 46 Yesterday... Tensions were high NATS as the house vote took more than 12 hours to pass the bill 30 to 19. But, Senator Clayton Hee predicts the hearing with senate members on tuesday will be swift and predictable. 2420 I HAVE THE STATUS SHEET AND THERE WERE 29 AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY THE HOUSE I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED IF THAT WERE TO OCCUR IN THE SENATE THAT'S SIMPLY NOT HOW WE CONDUCT OURSELVES 33 The lone Republican in the senate, Sam Slom, who voted against the bill says he will make an opposing comment and will vote no again ..but he thinks the vote will stay the same as it did on the third hearing... 21 to 4 in favor. Senator Hee says security will remain tight..there will be the same separated spaces and tight security in place as last night. 2255 QUITE FRANKLY I DON'T KNOW WHY IT WOULD COME TO THAT BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE HUMAN DYNAMICS UP TO THIS POINT THAT THOSE KINDS OF PREVENTIONS ARE NECESSARY 2313 Same sex marriage supporters marked todays recommendation as a great day.. 2920 NOW WE HOPE THE REST OF THE SENATE MEMBERS ARE AS HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME AS WE ARE 26 Others aren't so anxious for Tuesday. 828 I THINK IT'S THE LEGISLATURE NOT LISTENING TO PEOPLE AND RAM RODDING STUFF DOWN OUR THROATS AGAIN 836 Larry Litoto The bill will be heard by the senate at 10 am on The bill will be heard by the senate at 10 am on Tuesday if it passes it heads to governor Neil Abercrombie who might sign it as soon as the next morning on Wednesday. at the state capitol nana ohkawa kitv 4 news. Republican state representative Bob McDermott sent a letter to the governor last night that he and others will challenge the legality of the measure once it is signed. A state judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order stopping the governor from signing the law. Judge Karl Sakamoto said McDermott did not have standing because the law does not exist yet. But he said he is open to hearing a challenge once the law is signed. McDermott and others cite an amendment voters approved in 1998 giving the Legislature the power to reserve marriage to opposite sex couples.