Blake Oshiro, deputy chief of staff for Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, reflected Thursday on the state's path to marriage equality.

Oshiro played a critical role in this week's passage of a gay marriage bill.

(Related: Hawaii governor signs gay marriage law; Takes effect Dec. 2.)

As House majority leader in 2011, Oshiro shepherded a civil unions law through the chamber.

As a member of the Abercrombie administration, Oshiro drafted Hawaii's marriage law.

During a local television appearance, Oshiro said that he was confident Hawaiians had progressed on the issue.

“I do think that as people start seeing their neighbors, people in their classrooms and their workplace, people that are just next to them in same-sex relationships, they start realizing that it doesn't affect them in terms of how they live their lives,” Oshiro said. “And so then a comfortability really comes around. What you really see now is a lot more LGBT people coming out. So, once you start realizing your neighbor or your friend or your relative is actually an LGBT person, then an acceptance comes along as well.”

Oshiro added: “What you will see next is a lot of states that have an outright prohibition on same-gender couples and those constitutional amendments that are explicitly prohibitions will have to be repealed first. And then you can have states actually enact the same-sex marriage law. So, it's going to be a two-step process. Once you see some of those momentums start happening, then you'll start seeing a shift in terms of the amount of population in the nation that actually will have same-sex marriage.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)