Gov. Neil Abercrombie and State Attorney General David Louie released the following statement regarding amendments to Senate Bill 1 -- Relating to Equal Rights.
"The amendments outlined in House Draft 1 strike a balance between the bill that was introduced by the Legislature and concerns raised in written and oral testimony during public hearings.
"We support the principle that any measure on marriage equity must protect religious freedom, which the Legislature has clearly worked to achieve.
"The bill as amended is legally sound and is in accord with the Hawaii State Constitution.
"We urge the Legislature to pass this bill, which will provide marriage equity and fully recognize religious beliefs in that context."