Hawaii Senate OKs gay marriage, sending bill to governor

Hawaii's state Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill Tuesday, sending it to the governor. 

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign the bill, which passed the Senate 19 to 4. It had already passed the state House. 

Now, same-sex marriage bills are awaiting the governor's signature in both Hawaii and Illinois. If both chief executives sign the measures, as expected, the total number of states permitting gay marriage would rise to 16. The District of Columbia also permits gay marriage.

Abercrombie had called Hawaii's Legislature into special session to consider the same-sex marriage legislation. The House passed the bill, 30 to 19, on Friday night after a session that lasted nearly 12 hours.

In Hawaii, couples would be able to marry as soon as Dec. 2.


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