December 4, 2013 at 11:20 am EDT | by Staff reports
Hawaii marriage law takes effect
Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii, Washington Blade, gay

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Nov. 13, 2013, signed his state’s same-sex marriage bill into law. (Photo courtesy of State of Hawaii/Office of the Governor)

HONOLULU—Dozens of gays and lesbians have tied the knot in Hawaii since the state’s same-sex marriage law took effect on Dec. 2.

Six same-sex couples exchanged vows at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel shortly after the law took effect at midnight. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported 46 same-sex couples tied the knot on the first day gays and lesbians could legally marry in Hawaii.

“It’s about making that commitment to the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with,” Saralyn Morales told the Associated Press after she and Isajah Morales exchanged vows at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Nov. 13 signed his state’s same-sex marriage bill into law after lawmakers approved it during a special legislative session. His signature caps off a two-decade long effort to secure nuptials for gays and lesbians in Hawaii that began when then-state Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson in 1993 ruled the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

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