After more than a week of often heated debate, Hawaii's House passed the Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 30-19. After a confirmation vote from the Senate, the bill will go to supportive Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature.
Amid allegations that conservatives opposed to marriage equality trying to cheat the system, advocates remain optimistic that Hawaii will become the next U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The president of Hawaii's police union, himself an active-duty officer, says he'd rather die than enforce marriage equality in his home state.
The Aloha State continues its march to becoming the 15th to embrace marriage equality.
After a few years of sitting out such battles, the church is becoming active in Hawaii, urging members to oppose the legislation pending there.
The Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee approved a bill to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.