The Aloha State became the 15th state to legalize marriage equality Tuesday morning when Gov. Neil Abercrombie put his signature on Hawaii’s marriage equality bill. Same-sex couples living in Hawaii or visiting will be allowed to wed starting Dec. 2.
The Hawaii Senate voted in favor of an amended marriage equality bill, sending the measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Marriages will begin Dec. 2. Update — President Obama says “freedom and equality affirmed.”
After five days of public testimony in a joint House Judiciary & Finance Committee hearing, the 30-member panel voted Tuesday to pass Hawaii’s marriage equality legislation. The bill will now go to the full House for a vote.
The state House Judiciary and Finance committees began a marathon hearing on a marriage equality bill Thursday morning, which is expected to continue for several days. The bill would allow same-sex couples to marry starting Nov. 18.