Gov. Neil Abercrombie called lawmakers into special session October 28 to legalize gay marriage
TIME TO VOTE: Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the Hawaii Democratic Party and numerous special interest groups want a special session to legalize gay marriage but the House Democrats don’t have the 26 votes they need to pass the measure

Governor Neil Abercrombie, D-HI, has been dumped at the altar so to speak. House Democrats met behind closed doors yesterday to determine if they have 26 votes needed to pass a gay marriage bill.

Hawaii already has a reciprocal beneficiaries law and a civil unions law, but Abercrombie wants a special session to pass a gay marriage bill now, and he has the support of the state Senate.

After learning he did not have the votes in the House, Abercrombie released a draft of his proposed gay marriage bill, saying he wants to show his office is doing its due diligence and being transparent on the issue.

The governor hopes to meet with House and Senate majority leadership next week to continue to discuss the possibility of a special session.