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.