- November 13, 2013
Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director
Just moments ago, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed SB1 HD1, the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013, into law. With the signage of this bill, Hawaii is now the 15th state in the union to sign marriage equality into law. Weddings can begin in the state on December 2nd, 2013.
You may recall, Governor Abercrombie has been a strong supporter of equal rights, passing civil unions during his first term as governor in 2011 and scoring 100 percent on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard during this last term in Congress. In September of this year, Governor Abercrombie ordered the special session for the legislature to consider the marriage equality bill and worked tirelessly with his allies in both chambers to get this bill passed.
Now it’s time to take a moment to recognize the courage and conviction Governor Abercrombie took for standing up and doing the right thing. Click here to send a message of "Mahalo" to Governor Abercrombie.
HRC is 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 in Hawaii.