Hawaii may be on track to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, with lawmakers starting a special session Monday to take up the issue.
Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie called the session after state House and Senate members were unable to pass the same-sex marriage bill with the two-thirds support required. But lawmakers said the legislation has garnered overwhelming support in the Senate and enough in the House to pass, the Associated Press reports.
Abercrombie signed a same-sex civil unions bill into law in 2011, but said the new legislation will match Hawaiian law with recent Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriages for the purpose of federal benefits. The state Senate’s Judiciary Committee will begin a hearing Monday morning after Abercrombie opens the session.
Crowds of protestors and supporters are expected to host demonstrations Monday as well.