Gay Marriage

Hawaii Preps Special Session to Address Gay Marriage Recognition

Legislature will meet at end of October


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.