(KHNL) Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie plans to sign a controversial same-sex marriage bill into law Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after it was approved by the Senate.
The "Hawai'i Marriage Equality Act of 2013", Senate Bill 1 House Draft 1, passed Tuesday 19 to 4 with 2 Senators excused.
As supporters of same-sex marriage reached out to each other in joy, several opponents stood up to leave in disappointment.
"We're pleased to have the privilege of enacting historic law. We stand on the principles of equality and justice and liberty for all and mostly we stand on the principal that all marriages are now equal," said Senator Clayton Hee, who chairs the Senate's Judiciary committee.
"Today's passage of Senate Bill 1 marks a pivotal moment in our State's history, a moment enshrined in equality and justice," said Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria, who introduced the bill. "Working together with our colleagues in the State House we have come to a compromise which provides a balance between religious freedom and equal rights."