Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Thursday evening that he is satisfied with the progress on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii and would sign it into law as it is currently written.
The state House is expected to vote on the bill today after voting late Wednesday to move it forward.
If the House approves the bill, it would then be sent back to the Senate for another review next week.
Abercrombie has received criticism from gay marriage opponents who believe the issue should be left up to voters.
He defended the process and the bill Thursday while speaking to the Tribune-Herald at a campaign fundraiser in Hilo.
“There are very few things without opposition,” Abercrombie said. “The question is do you show respect for the opposition, and I think this bill does.”