The 78-member State Center Committee (SCC) of the Hawaii Democratic Party has unanimously approved a resolution calling on state lawmakers to approve a gay marriage bill during a special session.

“The Democratic Party of Hawaii calls upon the Legislature to pass marriage equality legislation immediately at a properly convened special session,” the resolution reads.

Hawaii Democratic Party Chair Dante Carpenter said that the SCC's statement “constitutes the official position of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.”

The resolution was announced on the same day that Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie met with lawmakers to discuss a marriage bill drafted by his office. Supporters had hoped that Abercrombie would announce that he was calling for a special session to approve the measure.

“There's nothing being dragged out. We're doing due diligence and deliberation on a bill that's been presented to the caucus for the first time. There's all kinds of versions out there, until one actually gets in front of them that's what counts,” Abercrombie told supporters at a rally at the State Capitol.

Democratic leaders in the House are surveying members for support, while Senate leaders say they have the votes needed to approve the marriage bill.

A two-thirds majority of lawmakers is needed to call a special session. Despite holding overwhelming majorities in both legislative chambers, Democrats cannot meet the threshold by themselves and are therefore relying on Abercrombie to call a special session.

Hawaii is one of four states which recognize the relationships of gay and lesbian couples with civil unions. The other three are Colorado, Illinois and New Jersey.

Backers say the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June has made passage of a marriage bill critical since the federal government will not recognize civil unions.

(Related: Hawaiian bishop calls gay marriage the devil's handiwork.)