Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie and House Democrats plan to meet Friday to discuss a proposed gay marriage bill and whether to call a special session on the issue.

The meeting comes more than a week after Abercrombie released a marriage bill drafted by his office.

Senate leaders say they have the votes needed to approve the marriage bill. But House leaders remain uncommitted.

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 the special session.

The meeting comes on the heels of the endorsement of over 60 Hawaii businesses.

“Not only is approving marriage equality the right move, it also makes good business sense,” said Sean Hower, president of Hitched on Maui, a wedding mobile phone app. “Last year 125,000 marriages were performed in Hawaii, so imagine the multiplier effect of adding gay couples to that list.”

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. Without the special session, the legislation is not likely to be considered until next year.

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