Key Hawaii senator: Gay marriage to easily pass

HONOLULU (AP) - The head of Hawaii's Senate judiciary committee says he expects an amended bill legalizing gay marriage to pass easily in the Senate, with no changes to the measure passed by the House after two grueling floor sessions and a lengthy public hearing.

Hawaii state Sen. Clayton Hee told reporters on Saturday that after conferring with the Senate's president and majority leader as well as a staff attorney, he will recommend to Senate Democrats that they pass the bill during their Tuesday floor session.

The Hawaii Senate has 25 members - 24 Democrats and one Republican. An earlier version of the bill easily passed the chamber 20-4 last week before going through a rockier journey in the House.

Senate approval would send the bill to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature.