Hawaii State Senate Backs Gay Marriage
Bill heads to state House
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2013 10:12 PM CDT
Members of the Hawaii Senate convene on the Senate floor of the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. The senators passed a gay marriage bill, sending the measure to the House.   (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

(Newser) – In a 20-4 vote, Hawaii's state Senate has passed a bill to allow gay marriage; the bill now heads to the state House of Representatives, where the vote could be closer, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser notes. That chamber is also likely to amend the Senate's version of the bill, which says clergy aren't required to perform ceremonies. "The House committees recognize that there is still a lot of public concern about the scope of the exemptions," says majority leader Scott Saiki. Any amendment would need a Senate review before heading to the governor's office.

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Oct 31, 2013 11:58 AM CDT
Paranoid bible thumpers will always feel imposed on if their conditions are not totally met. Yet they constantly try to impose their sense of propriety on the masses with threats of damnation, secular laws changes, penalties imposed for breaking a religious rule (Sunday "Blue Laws" for example. or condoms forbidden for decades in Boston). Here's some news to you, Christians... many of us don't succumb to "sky daddy" superstition and most of the people in the world are NOT Christian. In fact, I doubt Christ would be what you all call a Christian. I just bet he would love seeing the multi-million dollar churches, ornate costumes and tycoon salaries of Christian leaders, all done in his name. And the hate...especially the hate some preachers have. Furthermore, it doesn't take marriage to breed ("it's for the children!"). It just takes sex, sober, drunken, agreeably, or not. It does take marriage to comport with society's idea of a stable family. Remember, no unmarried gay couple ever spawned an unwanted child. (I say this after 7 years raising foster kids... you know... the throw-aways from straight people...mostly married.)
Oct 31, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
Make ALL New Marriages a Legal BUSINESS Transaction having acceptability in all states ,having no taxpayer involvement and foregoing any taxpayer funded privileges and including spousal privileges.
Oct 31, 2013 4:00 AM CDT
Figured out real quick what the gay marriage industry is worth.