Hawaii state Rep. Jo Jordan, who is openly gay, rose Friday to explain her vote against a gay marriage bill which later cleared the chamber.

(Related: Gay marriage bill clears Hawaii House.)

Jordan is the first openly gay lawmaker to vote against such legislation.

She said during the bill's second reading that she felt the bill's religious exemptions were too narrow.

She repeated that claim on Friday, adding that “I was put on this path for some reason, and I'm not going to ask why.”

“I'm not held to any specific conviction but I do have certain beliefs that I hold near and dear. And in this process I have been shown so much love by a community I thought hated me,” Jordan tearfully told colleagues on the House floor. “And I found so much hate in a community that I thought embraced me. See Mr. Speaker, I have no hate for them.”

Later she added: “I'm sorry to the GLTB community. I walked in this place three years ago asking my community, I don't want to be the poster child. I've become the poster child. And I accept that.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The Hawaii Senate is expected to give its final approval to the bill on Tuesday.

(Related: Sen. Clayton Hee predicts easy sailing in Hawaii Senate for gay marriage bill.)