Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Monday he would call a special session of the state Legislature beginning Oct. 28 to consider marriage-equality legislation.
Speaking to reporters, the Democratic governor of the Aloha State said it was time to resolve the issue once and for all and expressed optimism that lawmakers would extend the right to marry to same-sex couples.
"This is now the 20th year of discussion that has taken place on the issue and associated issues with it," Abercrombie said. "I feel very, very strongly that the votes are there to pass this because it is time for marriage equity to take place."