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Marriage Equality Takes Effect in Hawaii

Same-sex weddings began at midnight today in Hawaii after the recently passed marriage equality law took full effect.

Today’s victory is 20 years in the making and would not have been possible without the leadership of Senate Judiciary Chair Clayton Hee, who worked tirelessly to pass the Marriage Equality Act of 2013.

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the act into law on November 15, making Hawaii the sixteenth state, plus the District of Columbia, to enact a same-sex marriage law. (Illinois, which also passed a marriage equality law in November, will allow weddings to begin in June.)

HRC was a proud founding member of the Hawaii United for Marriage coalition. At the start of the campaign, HRC deployed key staff and resources to work alongside Hawaii United and continue our partnership in the Aloha State dating back to the campaign for civil union.

Learn more about our work to make marriage equality a reality in the Aloha State.

Planning your own upcoming nuptials? Visit HRC’s Wedding Registry to encourage loved ones to make a donation in honor of your wedding or commitment ceremony. Each donation made in honor of a couple's wedding or commitment ceremony will be recognized with a personalized acknowledgment to the couple, as a symbol of their family and friends' love and celebration of their union, as well as a recognition of your commitment to equality.

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