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Nov 15 2013

Hawaii Gets Marriage Equality

17 years after they launched the first serious controversy over same-sex marriage in the country, Hawaii is set to become the 15th state to legally recognize such marriages after the state legislature approved it. Gov. Neil Abercrombie has already said he would sign the bill if it passed.

The state Senate, as expected, overwhelmingly approved a marriage equity bill today, sending the measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie who has vowed to sign it and make Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

An invitation-only bill-signing ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Hawaii Convention Center’s Liliu Theater. The event will be streamed live at http://governor.hawaii.com and broadcast on ‘Olelo’s channel 55.

Today’s 19-4 vote, while historic, was a somewhat anti-climatic end to the legislative special session that began Oct. 28 and included more than 55 hours of public testimony, followed by two day-long sessions in the House where lawmakers approved the bill late Friday night in a 30-19 vote.

“I look forward to signing this significant piece of legislation, which provides marriage equity and fully recognizes and protects religious freedoms,” Abercrombie said in a statement after the Senate vote.

Wingnuts, of course, are absolutely furious that the state our Kenyan-born Muslim atheist president pretends to be from now has marriage equality.

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    I look forward to signing this significant piece of legislation, which provides marriage equity and fully recognizes and protects religious freedoms…”

    And I look forward to the day when it won’t be necessary to add that second part every time they make a statement like this.

  2. 2
    mudpuddles

    Gov. Neil Abercrombie has already said he would sign the bill if it passed.

    Didn’t this happen already, like 2 days ago?

    @ Modusoperandi, #1

    And I look forward to the day when it won’t be necessary to add that second part every time they make a statement like this.

    Yes I hate seeing that bit too…. Glad though that two of my friends will be finally be able to get married in their home state.

  3. 3
    hunter

    Yep — Abercrombie signed it Wednesday. Marriages begin on Dec. 2, now that the nuisance suit trying to stop it has been thrown out of court.

  4. 4
    timgueguen

    When Hawaii is menaced by a tropical storm or what have you in the next few months it will be interesting to see which wingnut is the first to claim it’s “God’s wrath.”

  5. 5
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Not to worry, timgueguen, the article says that the vote was “anti-climatic”, which I take to mean that it won’t affect the climate one way or the other. Or am I confusing climate and weather?

  6. 6
    paulg

    @4 haha, I was watching the live stream of the debate and vote, and in the middle of it there was an emergency broadcast warning, can’t remember exact details but it was storm related. My first thought was “Well, that’s unfortunate timing. Probably gave a bible thumper an orgasm.”

    The votes weren’t nail-biting, but you’d never have guessed it while watching the political grandstanding of the House. I’ve never seen such a concentration of horrible people in my life. And to top it off, the Democratic lesbian voted against it. I assume soon when her career is over, she’ll take up a gig at NOM.

  7. 7
    marcus

    @4 Well obviously if their are any large natural disasters anywhere in the world, there will be evangelistic wingnuts claiming “God’s wrath.” It will be interesting to see how close to Hawaii “His” aim is. If the past is any indication I would say that Siberia is in for a drubbing.

  8. 8
    Pierce R. Butler

    … Hawaii is set to become the 15th state to legally recognize such marriages …

    Eh what? I recently read at this same blog that

    As Illinois becomes the 15th state to recognize same-sex marriages…

    Or has the state of “15th state” become like the “number three in Al Qaeda”, a rank filled by countless entities?

  9. 9
    whheydt

    Re: Pierce R. Butler @ #8….

    Illinois passed their bill first (though at last check, the governor still hadn’t signed it, even though saying he would). It has an effective date of June 1.

    Hawaii’s law (it’s been signed) has an effective date of Dec. 2.

    So Hawaii gets to be #15 and Illinois slips to #16.

    The question then becomes…which state will be #17? New Mexico is a possibility.

  10. 10
    bumperpuff

    @Pierce

    Hawaii will begin recognizing same sex marriage begining December, but Illinoise won’t won’t begin recognizing them untill some time next year. So both statements were true at the time they were said and now Illinoise will be 16th.

  11. 11
    eric

    So Hawaii gets to be #15 and Illinois slips to #16.

    The question then becomes…which state will be #17? New Mexico is a possibility.

    In theory, there is still time for a third state to become #15.

    That could be an amusing selling point. “Why be #17 when you can be #15? Pass a bill which is effective immediately,and you can jump in front of Hawaii and Illinois.”

  12. 12
    paulg

    @9 He’s definitely going to sign it, but because the date of the signing doesn’t influence when marriages can begin, he chose to delay it until the major activist parties involved could attend the ceremony.

  13. 13
    whheydt

    Re; paulg @ #12…

    Yeah…I understand it’s planned, but until signed, it’s just a bill and with the delay of implementation (is there any particular reason why it was shifted from 30 days after signing to 1 June?). But Hawaii’s bill is now law with implementation 6 months earlier than Illinois.

    I agree with eric (@ #11) that another state could upstage them both, but the chance is pretty slim. I haven’t heard of any states that are particularly close and this is a slow season for both legislatures and courts.

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