UPDATED: 2/16/2011 1:28PM
By a 18-5 margin. Senate Bill 232 passed the Hawaii State Senate. Roars from the rafters were heard as the final tally was confirmed. The bill is now slated to reach Gov. Abercrombie’s desk in a few days where he is expected to approve the measure. Supporters of the bill will be hosting a “Thank you” sign waving session in front of the Capitol at 4pm.
We’ll have a full write-up on the proceedings of the vote on Friday.
The Hawaii Senate decided to hold off on a final vote on Senate Bill 232 until today. The Senate was scheduled to vote on Tuesday, however, Sen. Clayton Hee explained the senior body used the extra day to ensure all legal notice requirements were observed.
SB232 would grant all couples, same-sex or heterosexual, the ability to enter into a civil-union, a legal status with all the rights, benefits and protections of a traditional marriage.
There is much anticipation leading up to the vote. Supporters and opponents alike are waiting for the final tally. Many supporters are excited to see the quick movement with the incentive that Gov. Abercrombie has stated he would sign the bill.
Desperate America Report will have live updates on Twitter as the vote nears. If you are personally in attendance please tweet us the events as they happen.