A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii is one step closer to becoming law.
The Senate bill passed second reading on Tuesday and is posed to pass the full Senate vote on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, there were some heated exchanges in the House with accusations flying across the room.
Slithering around and making deals to pass the same-sex marriage bill. That's what State Rep. Bob McDermott is accusing some of his colleagues of doing.
"A forthright deliberative process. That's what I was sold. That's not what I'm getting, that's not what the public's getting and I want to wash my hands of it," said Rep. McDermott (R) Ewa, Ewa Beach.
On Tuesday morning, he called for change, asking that fellow Republican Rep. Cynthia Thielen be removed from the judiciary committee. She supports marriage equality and McDermott wanted to replace her with a "no" vote.
"We need the diverse voice. It doesn't need to be muzzled Mr. Speaker by taking me off the judiciary committee," said Rep. Thielen (R) Kailua, Kaneohe Bay.
McDermott also wanted a new minority leader -- Rep. Gene Ward, who got into a heated exchange with House Speaker Joe Souki.
"You have switched out Rep. Cabanilla who's a no vote on same-sex marriage with Denny Coffman who's a yes on same-sex marriage. Now who's being deceitful?" said Rep. Ward (R) Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley.
"Representative, I'm going to call you out of order," House Speaker Souki said. "You're out of order."
"Thank you very much," Rep. Ward said.
The House voted against McDermott's resolution for change.
KHON2 caught up with him after the vote and he complained about the lack of transparency among lawmakers.
"I don't want any ownership of this. It a sham process, it's a dog and pony show as yesterday exhibited," Rep. McDermott said.
Despite the morning bickering, House Majority Leader Scott Saiki believes the House will pass the same-sex marriage bill.
"I'm confident we have the votes and once the House Judiciary and Finance Committees roll out of the bill, we'll have even more support," said Rep. Saiki, (D) House Majority Leader.
He expects lawmakers will add changes to the Senate bill that addresses religious exemptions and mirror bills of other states that have already legalized same-sex marriage.
Rep. Beth Fukumoto left the House floor while the bickering was going on. She later said she did not want to be part of the personal attacks and chaotic actions that do nothing to help the Republican caucus or the voters.
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