HONOLULU (AP) Lawmakers on a Hawaii Senate committee are asking whether a gay marriage proposal will give anything more to couples than the convenience of getting married without having to leave the state.
Hawaii Attorney General David Louie said near the start of a marathon hearing on Monday that traveling to another state that allows gay marriage is no small issue.
Judiciary Chairman Sen. Clayton Hee asked Louie to prepare a report detailing any other tangible benefits Hawaii couples would gain or lose.
Louie promised a response and said a law may have implications for Medicaid and Family and Medical Leave Act benefits.
The back-and-forth marked the first extended exchange of a long hearing, with about 1,800 people signed up to testify.
Nearly 4,000 pages of written testimony have been submitted.