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Gay weddings begin in Hawaii as new same-sex marriage law takes effect
Hawaii Senate passes gay marriage bill
Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since ; Hawaii being one of the first six states to legalize it. In , a ruling by the Hawaiian Supreme Court made Hawaii the first state to consider legalizing same-sex marriage. Additionally, Hawaii law prohibits discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity , and the use of conversion therapy on minors has been banned since July Gay and lesbian couples enjoy the same rights, benefits and treatment as opposite-sex couples, including the right to marry and adopt. Same-sex relationships have been part of Hawaiian culture for centuries. The Christian missionaries, who arrived in the 19th century, were adept in converting the local population to Christianity. As a result, the first ever anti-gay law was enacted in , prohibiting sodomy with 20 years hard labor.
Hawaii governor set to sign gay marriage bill into law
Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session for the bill and has vocally supported gay marriage, has said he would sign the measure. It will allow thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii and even more tourists to marry in the state starting Dec. Senators passed the bill with two lawmakers excused. Cheers erupted inside and outside the gallery when the vote was taken, with a smattering of boos.
Bill Chappell. Saralyn Morales center left and Isajah Morales walk down the aisle at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu shortly after Hawaii's new gay marriage law took effect Monday. Six same-sex couples got married in Hawaii shortly after midnight Monday morning, taking advantage of a new law in the first hours of the first day it took effect. The six couples who were reportedly the first to wed under Hawaii's new same-sex marriage law did so at the Sheraton Waikiki, in an event held by several advocacy organizations, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
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