Hawaii could begin issuing licenses and performing ceremonies for gay couples on Nov. 18 if a bill passes during special session next week.
A Senate draft of the bill to be considered starting on Oct. 28 says couples would be able to obtain licenses and be married the same day.
The draft posted this week presents gay marriage as an equal rights issue. It changes sections in state law relating to marriage, marriage benefits and divorce.
The Legislature has begun accepting testimony on the bill, which will be introduced Oct. 28 and immediately referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Lawmakers and advocacy groups have pressed the issue since the summer, following two U.S. Supreme Court victories for gay marriage proponents.
Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie called the special session.