On Sept. 9, 2013, Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawai'i called a special session for the marriage equity act. If passed this would make the Aloha State one of If lawmakers pass a bill, Hawaii would join 13 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage. The special session would begin on Oct. 28.
Proponents of gay marriage in the state renewed their efforts after seeing two U.S. Supreme Court rulings come down in line with their views in June. One ruling granted federal benefits to same-sex couples married in states where gay marriage is legal.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs announced that gay married couples will be eligible for veteran’s benefits, and the Pentagon announced that married same-sex couples will be eligible for the same health care, housing and separation benefits as married opposite-sex couples.
“My office has received many e-mails, letters and telephone calls from constituents on both sides of the marriage equity issue, and I have responded with assurance that my administration will meet our responsibilities for due diligence in consideration of all views and legal considerations,” the Governor said.
Last month, the Governor shared with legislators and the news media a marriage equity bill based on Senate Bill 1369, which was introduced in the 2013 regular session.
There's been a tug of war between those for and against same sex marriage, which even playout on Abercrombie's Facebook page, where one user said, "So this will become known with the rest as a Godless Immoral State" and another said, "Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) , Governor, for your leadership and for making this important decision to allow for work to continue!"