Hawaii House lawmakers are poised to take their final vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage on the islands, with strong chances the measure will pass.
House members planned to return to the floor Friday morning for their final debate after a five-day public committee hearing and an 11-hour floor session earlier this week amid noisy crowds and maneuvering from lawmakers on both sides of the bill.
The bill is likely to pass with more than 50 percent support, as indicated by the vote to push the measure to its final reading and smaller votes to reject amendments and motions by opponents.
The Senate will have to pass the bill a second time because of House changes.
If passed, same-sex marriages would begin Dec. 2 in the state.
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And I'm Yunji de Nies.. The final house decision on the Marriage Equality bill could come as soon tomorrow and in anticipation for what could be a rowdy crowd -- security is being stepped up. KITV4's Brenton Awa is live at the capitol to tell us how ... Brenton? Yunji -- they've already got these metal barriers up in the rotunda. Tomorrow adlib... With the final house vote upcoming -- security measures at the capitol are getting a boost -- in response to yesterdays commotion -- that some fear could happen again. 125 - 132 "WE WILL DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO ON THIS LEVEL TO KEEP PEOPLE SEPARATE SO THERE ARE NO CONFRONTATIONS." Late today the Sgt of Arms met with leaders on both sides in an effort to keep things civil and avoid any fights. The Marriage equality group which has the permit to rally in the rotunda is offering to share the space with traditional marriage supporters as a gesture maintain peace. 303 - 310 "REGARDLESS OF THE SIDE OF THE ISSUE THAT YOU ARE ON, TO COME HEAR TOMORROW AND EXPRESS YOUR VOICE BUT TO DO IT IN A CALM COOL AND COLLECTED MANNER." 526 - 539 "PASSIONS IS HIGH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE, AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO JUST BE RESPECTFUL, BE KIND AND THIS WHOLE THING IS TO PREVENT ANY KIND OF CONFRONTATION OR CONFLICT SO THIS IS ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT I AGREE WITH THE ACLU ON." nats of circle holding hands Earlier in the day a group made up primarily of church women -- Lobbied door to door -- armed with boxes of --coco puffs. - nat sound ?? Fale. Fale. - The group rewarded legislators who voted their way. They applauded Representative. Jo Jordon, who some believe is the first lesbian lawmaker who voted no on the bill in protest of the process. - MIN ZHU 31:49 -31: 54 -"SHE IS TRYING HER BEST TO HEAR HER PEOPLE.SHE IS THE ONE I HAVE TO GIVE HER MORE CREDIT," - MIN ZHU 32: 45- 32: 50 - "I WAS TOUCHED. AND I WAS INSPIRED BECAUSE I ALMOST WANTED TO GIVE UP," They also bent the ear of lawmakers who didn't side with them with kindness and persistence. - 25: 05- 25:10: ONCE AGAIN WE VOICE OUR OPPOSING VOICE TO SB1." But House leaders remain confident that yesterday's 30- 18 second reading vote advancing the bill will hold. - Karl Rhoades 21:08- 22:11 - "I'D BE SURPRISED IF IT CHANGED MORE THAN ONE OR TWO." One other thing-- the two groups have agreed to set up signwavers on opposite sides of Beretania to avoid interaction as much as possible. Tomorrow's floor session is set for 10am. Members of the Senate are