Testimony Ends in Hawaii Gay marriage Hearing: Vote Tonight
HONOLULU - Lawmakers on two House committees have finished taking nearly five days of public testimony on a bill to legalize gay marriage.
A joint hearing of the House judiciary and finance committees wrapped up taking comments Tuesday afternoon from speakers given two minutes each.
Rep. Karl Rhoads, head of the judiciary committee, declared a one-hour recess as lawmakers talk about amendments to the bill.
House Majority Leader Scott Saiki says the committee is likely to broaden a religious exemption that keeps clergy from having to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.
If the bill passes the committees, it could go to the House floor for a second reading Tuesday night and pass the chamber this week.
The Senate would have to approve any changes before the bill goes to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.