Hawaii gay marriage bill gains final legislative approval

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Senate gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in a state long popular as a wedding and honeymoon destination and regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony.
The measured cleared the state Senate on a 19-4 vote, with the chamber's lone Republican joining three Democrats to oppose the bill. Governor Neil Abercrombie has indicated he would swiftly sign the legislation into law, making Hawaii the 15th US state to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
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