Gay Marriage

Hawaii Preps Special Session to Address Gay Marriage Recognition

Legislature will meet at end of October

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The push for gay marriage in Hawaii is revving up advocates on both sides as lawmakers prepare for a special session to address the issue next month.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, on Tuesday asked lawmakers to meet Oct. 28. He recently issued an 18-page draft of a bill that would allow marriage licenses to be issued later this year to same-sex couples.

The move is the latest sign that the primary front in the battle over same-sex marriage has shifted to the states following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on the question this summer.