Delegates push for gay marriage


HONOLULU (AP) — The state’s four-member congressional delegation issued statements Friday urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass immediately a state measure for marriage equality.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono said same-sex couples “should not have to wait” for the civil right.

The push comes after June’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed legally married gay couples the right to federal tax and health care benefits.

Blake Oshiro, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, said he is open to calling for a special session. Otherwise the vote would be in January.

Hawaii allows civil unions, but those do not qualify a couple for federal benefits.

 

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