LoveistheLaw It’s official: love is the law in Hawaii!

November 13, 2013

The state that began the global movement for marriage equality has taken its place alongside other states and countries that allow gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the marriage equality measure into law during a joyous ceremony attended by hundreds of invitees at the Hawaii Convention Center, and broadcast [...]

LoveWins Hawaii becomes the 15th state to offer the freedom to marry!

November 12, 2013

Hawaii will become the 15th state in the nation to grant couples the freedom to marry after the State Senate overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality measure today. Following the Senate’s vote of 19:4, Governor Neil Abercrombie announced he will sign the measure on Wednesday. “This is a joyous occasion because Hawaii is a state that [...]

VictoryHouse BREAKING: Marriage equality passes in the House!

November 8, 2013

The Hawaii House has passed the freedom to marry, 30-19! Today’s historic vote moves Hawaii one step closer to granting marriage equality to all of Hawaii’s families. The House vote came after lawmakers reviewed thousands of written testimonies on all sides of the debate including statements from over 8,000 testifiers in support. Hawaii United for [...]

StarAdvertiser2 Star-Advertiser: “Marriage equality path as clear as ever”

November 8, 2013

As the House takes up SB1 for a third and final reading today, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser says the path to secure marriage for all of Hawaii’s `ohana is clearer than ever. Read the paper’s full editorial below: Same-sex couples and heterosexual couples deserve the same marriage rights, and the special session of Hawaii’s Legislature has made [...]

Third and final House reading scheduled for Friday. Join us at the Capitol!

November 7, 2013

Last night, the marriage bill passed second reading in the House! The final and decisive third reading of SB10 is now scheduled for Friday morning at 10am. In 24 hours, we may know whether or not Hawaii is poised to win marriage for all loving couples this year.Join hundreds of marriage supporters at the Capitol tomorrow at 8am to [...]

Soldier Says Thank You Soldier from Hawaii Thanks Legislators Via YouTube Video

November 6, 2013

An active duty soldier from Hawaii, who is currently stationed in Texas, wanted to say “mahalo” to the legislators who supported the marriage equality bill in his home state. Since he obviously couldn’t make it to testify, he created this great video instead. In it, he thanks the members of the legislature as well as [...]

VictoryHouseCommittee House Committees on Judiciary and Finance pass the freedom to marry

November 5, 2013

Marriage equality just passed in the House Committees on Judiciary and Finance! I’m always proud to be from Hawai`i — but the incredible progress we’ve made toward marriage equality over the last week has made me prouder than ever to call the Aloha State home. The committee hearing was long and thorough. But over the [...]

AGBennett Former Attorney General Mark Bennett: It’s time for marriage equality in Hawaii

November 4, 2013

Former Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett is urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass marriage equality in special session! In his testimony submitted to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Bennett — – the Republican who served from 2003-2010, most recently under Gov. Linda Lingle – says extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples “would be [...]

Obama President Obama urges Hawaii Legislature to pass marriage equality

October 31, 2013

President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the growing number of elected officials calling on members of the Hawaii Legislature to pass the freedom to marry. When asked by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser whether the President would support passage of marriage for gay and lesbian couples, White House spokesman Shin Inouye reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment [...]

HAWAIISENATEWIN HISTORIC: Hawaii Senate Passes Marriage Equality!

October 30, 2013

We’re halfway there. Moments ago, the Hawaii Senate voted to pass marriage equality with overwhelming support. 20 Senators voted in favor of the freedom to marry, while only 4 opposed. “Today our state took another huge step forward toward justice and equality.  And with this vote, we remain cautiously optimistic that Hawaii will soon align [...]

IM000161.JPG Lois Gill speaks out for the freedom to marry

October 30, 2013

When Lois Gill calls, legislators listen. A longtime civil libertarian, Lois Gill is the widow of Thomas P. Gill, former Hawaii Representative to Congress, Lieutenant Governor who authored significant sections f the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. He served on the ACLU of Hawaii board and led the legislative program from 1980 until his retirement in [...]

SenateWin Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor advances marriage bill, 5-2

October 29, 2013

Last night, we took our first step toward winning marriage equality in Hawaii. After hearing more than 14 hours of testimony, members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor voted 5-2 to advance the marriage bill for a second reading. We’re now one big step closer to passing marriage equality in the Senate. On [...]

StarAdvertiser Star-Advertiser: “It’s time: Equal rights to marriage”

October 27, 2013

With less than 24 hours before lawmakers return to Honolulu for special session, the Star-Advertiser is calling on the Hawaii Legislature to pass marriage equality. In an editorial published this morning, the Star-Advertiser says it’s time to ensure liberty and justice for all Hawaii families by passing marriage legislation during special session: “…it’s time to take [...]

Episcopal The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai`i endorses marriage equality

October 27, 2013

As lawmakers prepare to return to Honolulu for a historic special legislative session, momentum for the freedom to marry in Hawaii continues to build! Yesterday, the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai`i — which represents 9,000 parishioners across the state — voted to endorse marriage equality, becoming the largest denomination in the state to announce support of [...]

Testimony What’s happening, and what can I do to help?

October 25, 2013

On Monday, October 28, the Legislature will convene in special session, and we need your help! You can submit testimony in writing, in person, or both. Here’s what you need to know: 1. The Senate will convene on Monday morning, and is expected to introduce SB1, Relating to Equal Rights (the bill is available here). The [...]

Picnic The Hawaii Democratic Party GLBT Caucus presents: a community picnic to support marriage equality

October 24, 2013

The Hawaii Democratic Party GLBT Caucus invites you to a picnic on Sunday, October 27th!  Join many community groups, faith leaders, student and families on the Hawaii State Capitol lawn to celebrate what makes Hawaii`ohana so cherished and diverse. Tell us you’ll be there! Fun, food, information, entertainment, but most of all– hundreds of pro-equality [...]

Businesses3 Local Hawaii businesses are united for marriage equality

October 23, 2013

Support for the freedom to marry continues to grow as special session approaches next week! Today, more than 200 Hawaii businesses are urging state lawmakers to pass marriage equality in special session. Last month, 60 businesses had stated their support for marriage equality in Hawaii. And in just one month, that number has tripled. Momentum [...]

SenateCommitteeCalled Share your story with the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor today

October 23, 2013

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor has scheduled a hearing on the marriage equality bill (SB1, Relating to Equal Rights) on the first day of the special session. The hearing will be held at 10:30 AM in the Capitol Auditorium. The Committee needs to hear from you and to know why you support the [...]

sisterjoanchatfield Sister Joan Chatfield: Golden rule should guide marriage debate

October 22, 2013

Sister Joan’s Op-Ed ran in the Star-Advertiser. Sister Joan Chatfield is adding her respected voice to support the freedom to marry in Hawaii. Sister Joan taught for 36 years in Hawaii Catholic schools. She was also the Executive Director of the Institute for Religious and Social Change, and the founder of Project RESPECT. “I am [...]

MauiNews The Maui News endorses marriage equality in Hawaii

October 17, 2013

The Maui News is joining the growing chorus of voices across Hawaii calling on the Legislature to pass marriage equality in special session! In an editorial published today, the paper says that same-sex couples in Hawaii are currently denied critical protections and calls on lawmakers to “right a long-standing wrong” by passing legislation that will [...]

AG Attorney General David Louie: Hawaii lawmakers have “constitutional authority” to vote on marriage equality

October 15, 2013

Today, Hawaii’s Attorney General David Louie said that state lawmakers have the constitutional authority, if they so choose, to pass marriage equality legislation, without amending the constitution: “The authority to enact legislation recognizing marriages between two individuals of the same sex is vested in the Hawaii State Legislature” As support for the freedom to marry [...]

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 9.06.27 PM Rep. Mark Takai will vote for marriage equality in special session

October 10, 2013

Momentum for marriage equality in Hawaii continues to build! Today, Rep. Mark Takai announced that he will vote for the freedom to marry in special session, saying that “the world has changed — and so have I.” Rep. Takai, who voted against civil union legislation in 2011, now stands with the majority of Hawaii voters [...]

Volunteer (1) How we’ll win this

October 8, 2013

Hawaii lawmakers will vote on marriage equality in a matter of weeks — and before they do, we’re ramping up our grassroots volunteer efforts across the islands to ensure a historic victory. We need your help to make sure legislators know the people of Hawaii believe now is the time for marriage equality. Hundreds of [...]

ThankYou Mahalo, Hawaii!

October 3, 2013

This campaign just took a pretty big step forward, and we wanted to say thanks. Last night was the deadline for JACL-Honolulu’s $10,000 matching gift challenge — and we are proud to report that together, we reached our goal of $10,000. After JACL-Honolulu’s match, we raised more than $20,000 to win marriage in Hawaii! Because [...]

GovernorJW Former Governor John Waihee: “As a civil and human right, I support marriage equality in Hawaii.”

October 1, 2013

John Waihee, Former Governor of Hawaii, understands the true meaning of aloha. Gov. Waihee is encouraging current lawmakers to support marriage equality and uphold the civil rights of all people. Gov. Waihee speaks out just in time–the special session starts October 28th! Gov. Waihee joins many current members of the Hawaii House and Senate in [...]

HSTAUpdate Hawaii State Teacher’s Association endorses marriage equality in special session

September 30, 2013

The Hawaii State Teacher’s Association is speaking out for the freedom to marry, urging members of the Hawaii Legislature to vote in favor of the marriage equality bill in the upcoming legislative session. HSTA’s board released this statement announcing their support: The HSTA and its national affiliate, the National Education Association (NEA), have a proud history of [...]

Ruderman Senator Ruderman: Marriage equality ensures “liberty and justice for all”

September 26, 2013

As the beginning of special session on October 28th quickly approaches, Hawaii lawmakers are speaking out to let their colleagues know that it’s time to stand on the right side of history. Today, Senator Russell Ruderman — a staunch supporter of marriage for gay and lesbian couples — released a quote saying that passing marriage [...]

SpecialSessionFund We can win

September 25, 2013

By Jacce Mikulanec, Board Member, JACL-Honolulu I wanted to give you a pretty important update on marriage equality in Hawaii. Our team has spent the week meeting with lawmakers in both the House and Senate and here’s what I can tell you: several key lawmakers still haven’t decided how they’ll vote in special session once [...]

HIReligiousFreedom Hawaii’s marriage equality bill protects freedom

September 18, 2013

Hawaii’s marriage equality bill is pretty simple. If passed, the marriage bill would do two things: Extend marriage to loving same-sex couples. Protect religious freedom by allowing religious institutions and faith organizations to act according to their faith. That’s it. Over the last several weeks, our opponents have ramped up their efforts to muddle the debate [...]

VanessaChong Marriage bill is fair, and clergy rights are preserved

September 16, 2013

Vanessa Chong is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Hawaii. Her piece originally appeared in the Star-Advertiser on September 15th.  Each of us has the fundamental and constitutional right to practice our religion as we see fit. Freedom of religion is one of our most cherished, shared values, and it protects all of us. For [...]

oakland Senator Susie Chun Oakland attributes loving families to why she supports the freedom to marry

September 13, 2013

Senator Susie Chun Oakland is voting for marriage equality in special session because she agrees lawmakers must address the injustices faced by same-sex couples now. Senator Oakland knows that until all families in Hawaii are equal, Hawaii cannot remain true to it’s reputation as the Aloha state. Hawaii United and Senator Oakland understand that the [...]

kahele Senator Gilbert Kahele believes in Aloha for all

September 13, 2013

With the special session of the House approaching on October 28th, political leaders stepping forward to support marriage equality is crucial.  Joining those to speak out is Hawaii Senator Gilbert Kahele. He understands that Hawaii needs to extend marriage benefits to all loving and committed couples living on our islands. Senator Kahele is the latest [...]

markandryan Mark and Ryan: Tell Hawai`i our love matters

September 11, 2013

Now that a special session to pass marriage equality has been called, it means the wait might soon be over for same-sex couples Mark and Ryan, who have long wanted to share in the freedom to marry in Hawaii – the state they call home. Read their story now and click here to see more [...]

SpecialSessionIsOnFB Governor Abercrombie says Special Session is ON!

September 9, 2013

Moments ago, Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that he will convene a special legislative session beginning on October 28, 2013 to pass marriage equality! Today’s announcement is a HUGE step forward, but now, we have to get the bill passed. Lawmakers will vote in the coming days/weeks/months, and we need all hands on deck to ensure that [...]

Abercrombie2 Governor Abercrombie: “I’ll make a decision very shortly”

September 6, 2013

This morning, Governor Neil Abercrombie met with members of the House to discuss a special session to pass marriage equality. After today’s meeting, Governor Abercrombie — a strong proponent of swift passage of marriage in Hawaii — said that he will soon decide whether or not to convene a special session: Everything that can possibly [...]

DecisionDay We’ll know about a special session tomorrow

September 5, 2013

By Lois Perrin, Legal Director at the ACLU of Hawaii Tomorrow morning, Governor Abercrombie is scheduled to meet with members of the House to discuss the marriage bill and chart the path forward — and what happens in that meeting will likely determine the fate of marriage equality in Hawaii. By the end of the [...]

Business Over 60 Hawaii Businesses Unite to Support a Special Session

September 5, 2013

More than sixty businesses in Hawaii are urging Governor Neil Abercrombie to call the State Legislature into a special session to pass marriage equality. “Not only is approving marriage equality the right move, it also makes good business sense,” said Sean Hower, president of “Hitched on Maui” a digital interactive magazine table app for destination [...]

2K Don’t let them win

September 4, 2013

By Jacce Mikulanec, JACL-Honolulu It’s all hands on deck. If we are going to win marriage equality in Hawaii in the coming weeks, we need your help right now. I just left a meeting with some of our strongest champions of marriage equality in the Legislature. They’re committed to passing this bill as quickly as [...]

HILabor Hawaii labor community backs marriage equality

September 2, 2013

Members of Hawaii’s labor community today voiced their support for Hawaii lawmakers to approve marriage equality. “This Labor Day, by calling for marriage equality in Hawaii as a labor issue, we affirm our commitment to equality and economic justice for all. An injury to one is an injury to all,” said a statement released by [...]

bradleyerik Why special session matters: Bradley & Erik’s story

August 30, 2013

Why does passing marriage equality now in a special session matter? Because Bradley & Erik shouldn’t have to explain to their son Aiden why their family isn’t treated the same as other families. Read their story below and then click here to read more stories of Hawaii families who are fighting for the freedom to marry: [...]

theilen Hawaii Senator Laura Thielen joins prominent line up of marriage supporters

August 30, 2013

Senator Laura Thielen believes in respecting all ohana by passing marriage equality is the right step for Hawaii. Senator Theilen is among local leaders that are joining together to urge Governor Abercrombie to call a special session to address the freedom to marry in Hawaii. Other local leaders include Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang, Rep. Nicole Lowen, Rep. [...]

michellekidani Senator Michelle Kidani Shares Her Support for the Freedom to Marry

August 29, 2013

Senator Michelle Kidani says she believes in her heart that all loving couples in Hawaii deserve the freedom to marry! Join Senator Kidani, Governor Abercrombie and other representatives in supporting a special Senate session to pass marriage equality legislation. CLICK HERE to contact your representative and urge them to support extending marriage protections to all [...]

HIDemsSpecial Democratic Party of Hawaii unanimously calls for a special session to pass marriage equality

August 28, 2013

Momentum continues to build towards a special session to pass marriage equality in Hawaii! The State Central Committee (SCC) of the Hawaii Democratic Party unanimously passed a resolution calling on Hawaii lawmakers to pass the freedom to marry “immediately” in a special legislative session. The resolution reads: The Democratic Party of Hawaii calls upon the [...]

ChrisLee Rep Chris Lee: Let’s get this done the Hawaii way

August 27, 2013

By State Representative Chris Lee Tomorrow morning, my colleagues in the House and I are scheduled to meet to discuss a special legislative session to pass marriage equality. And I’ll be honest: we’re hearing a lot from opponents who want to stall our progress. Over the last week, mainland special interest groups based in Colorado have [...]

RozBaker Senator Roz Baker Urges Governor Abercrombie to Call a Special Session

August 27, 2013

Senator Roz Baker has urged Governor Abercrombie to call a special session so Hawaii can pass marriage equality, have you? Join Senator Baker, Senator Kidani, Representative Lee,  Mayor Caldwell, and many others by speaking out for marriage equality! The time to act is NOW! A special session to pass the freedom to marry in Hawaii [...]

MayorCaldwell Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says it’s time for marriage equality in Hawaii

August 26, 2013

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is joining community members, elected officials, and faith leaders from around the state in calling on Hawaii lawmakers to pass the freedom to marry without delay:   Mayor Caldwell is the latest prominent voice across Hawaii to urge state legislators to act now to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples, [...]

IngFinal Representative Kaniela Ing Speaks Out for the Freedom to Marry

August 25, 2013

Hawaii Representative Kaniela Ing is speaking out for the freedom to marry for all Hawaii families! “Hawaii’s youth deserve a hopeful future with a government that values is equally.” Representative Ing joins a growing list of leaders in Hawaii to support marriage equality. Including: Senator Baker, Governor Caldwell, Representative Coffman, Senator Kidani, Representative Lee, and [...]

CoffmanUpdate Rep. Denny Coffman supports a special session

August 23, 2013

As Governor Neil Abercrombie considers calling a special session to pass marriage equality, support for swift movement on the bill is growing in the Legislature! On Thursday, Rep. Denny Coffman reiterated his support for marriage equality and said he is now in favor of a special session. In a statement released late yesterday, Rep. Coffman [...]

Hanabusa Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa urges “swift, decisive action” to pass marriage equality in Hawaii

August 23, 2013

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa is calling for “swift, decisive action” from Governor Abercrombie and state legislators to pass marriage equality in Hawaii:     Elected officials across the state have spoken out for marriage equality in recent days, including  Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang, Rep. Nicole Lowen, Rep. Della Au Bellati, Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Senator Will Espero, and Honolulu City Councilmember [...]

AbercrombieEmail The votes are there. Urge Governor Abercrombie to call a special session!

August 22, 2013

From Justice Steven Levinson (Ret), Equality Hawaii Board Member: We have the votes to pass marriage equality in the House. That’s what the Star-Advertiser confirmed this morning with Speaker Joseph Souki after House leadership met this week to discuss the possibility of a special session. Securing a strong vote count in the House has always been [...]

Gabbard Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: “I disagree” with civil unions

August 22, 2013

Supporters of marriage equality in Hawaii have long argued that civil unions are an insufficient substitute for the protections and dignity that only marriage can provide. And now that the Supreme Court has struck down a core part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the inequities of civil unions for gay and lesbian couples [...]

StanleyChang Honolulu Councilmember Stanley Chang: Gay & lesbian families “should not have to wait another moment”

August 21, 2013

Stanley Chang – a Honolulu City Councilmember and Congressional candidate in CD1 – is urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass marriage equality now. Councilmember Chang says that gay and lesbian residents of Hawaii shouldn’t have to wait any longer to share in the protections and respect that only marriage can provide:   Councilmember Chang adds his [...]

Keola and Ethan What marriage equality in Hawaii means to Keola and Ethan

August 21, 2013

As Hawaii lawmakers consider convening a special legislative session to pass marriage equality, same-sex couples across the state hope their wait for the freedom to marry might soon be over! For Keola and Ethan, securing marriage in Hawaii would mean that their love and commitment will finally be respected and recognized by the state they [...]

HICaucus House leadership will meet tomorrow to discuss a special session

August 20, 2013

From Lois Perrin, Legal Director for the ACLU of Hawaii The next 24 hours are crucial for marriage equality in Hawaii. Tomorrow morning House leadership will meet to discuss the possibility of a special legislative session in the coming weeks to pass marriage equality.  And when they confirm the House votes are there to pass a marriage [...]

NicoleLowen Rep. Nicole Lowen: “Marriage equality is coming”

August 20, 2013

Rep. Nicole Lowen is joining a growing number of her colleagues in the House and Senate in urging fellow lawmakers to act quickly and pass marriage equality. In a quote released today, Rep. Lowen says that she believes Hawaii should take the lead by extending marriage to all loving and committed couples:   In the [...]

HIFaithCoalition Faith leaders speak out for the freedom to marry in Hawaii

August 19, 2013

More than 30 representatives of faith-based groups today signed a resolution in support of marriage equality. The signing followed a brunch service at the Nuuanu church where President Obama went to Sunday school in his years growing up in Hawaii. The signers at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu included two Methodist ministers, Barbara “Babs” [...]

Abercrombie Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Special session is expected

August 19, 2013

From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, on August 19, 2013. Click here to read the original article: Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Sunday it is “very likely” there will be a special legislative session on gay marriage. The governor, speaking to a Demo­cratic Party of Hawaii gathering at Ward Warehouse, appealed for patience while his administration drafts a gay-marriage bill [...]

finalbelatti Rep. Belatti: “Fairness, inclusion, and aloha define who we are in Hawaii”

August 19, 2013

Rep. Della Au Belatti is the latest member of the Hawaii Legislature to call for passage of marriage equality! Securing the freedom to marry, Rep. Belatti says, is consistent with the spirit of aloha that defines Hawaii:   Rep. Belatti’s statement comes on the heels of a momentous week for the freedom to marry in [...]

Thielen Rep. Cynthia Thielen: “I look forward to voting ‘YES’ on this historic legislation”

August 17, 2013

Representative Cynthia Thielen (R- Kailua- Kaneohe Bay) is raising her  voice in support of the freedom to marry for all loving couples! Rep. Thielen says that passing marriage equality isn’t about politics or partisanship. It’s about equality: We thank Representative Thielen for standing with the majority of Hawaii voters and a growing number of elected [...]

Federal Hawaii’s Congressional delegation urges state lawmakers to pass marriage equality without delay

August 16, 2013

Members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation are uniting to express their support for marriage equality in Hawaii! This morning, U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and U.S. Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard released statements of support, each urging Governor Neil Abercrombie and the State Legislature to pass the freedom to marry in Hawaii without [...]

hirono U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono adds her voice to the marriage equality debate

August 16, 2013

Senator Mazie Hirono agrees that Governor Abercrombie should do the right thing for Hawaii and call a special session to address marriage equality. As Senator Hirono pointed out, the longer Hawaii waits to pass marriage equality, the longer some couples are seen a second-class citizens.  We can’t wait any longer to protect Hawaii’s same-sex committed [...]

Espero Senator Will Espero: “I call on my colleagues to stand with the people of Hawaii”

August 15, 2013

Across Hawaii, elected officials, community leaders, and local activists agree: it’s time to pass marriage equality! Today, State Senator Will Espero is adding his name to the growing majority of Hawaii residents who are calling on lawmakers to pass the freedom to marry: We thank Senator Espero for his unwavering support for marriage equality and [...]

AndersonFinal Councilmember Ikaika Anderson: No Hawaii family should be denied protections

August 13, 2013

Honolulu Councilmember Ikaika Anderson – who is also running for Congress in Hawaii’s CD1 – is joining us in calling on Hawaii lawmakers to pass the freedom to marry! Councilmember Anderson says that no family should be denied the dignity and protections that him and his wife Lisa have been afforded: Councilmember Anderson joins the [...]

-2 Poll finds majority support for marriage equality in Hawaii

August 8, 2013

The results of a statewide survey show the majority of Hawaii voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry. And the number of residents opposed to marriage equality has dropped. The margin was 23 points, 54% in favor and 31% oppose. The survey was conducted by QMark Research. Between July 26-30, pollsters from the Hawaii firm [...]

CommMtg8-11 Join us for a Community Meeting on August 11

August 6, 2013

A few weeks ago, more than 120 marriage supporters joined us for a planning meeting — and together, we charted a course to win marriage equality for all Hawaii families. Today, our local, homegrown campaign is stronger than it’s ever been. As lawmakers are considering whether to call a special session to debate marriage equality, [...]

RepLee Rep. Chris Lee: It’s time for marriage equality in Hawaii

July 31, 2013

State Representative Chris Lee represents Hawaii’s 51st House District. We are at the threshold of history. Governor Abercrombie and my fellow legislators are considering a special session to bring marriage equality to Hawaii. We know delaying until 2014 will make Hawaii ground zero for a national war on this issue. Instead, we can — and [...]

Allen Castro and Danny Robinson 2 It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Danny & Allen

July 29, 2013

Danny and Allen know better than most how important marriage is. When Danny’s mother was sick and dying, Allen took time off from his job to help take care of her in her final weeks. But because Allen and Danny weren’t able to get married, Allen was denied family medical leave — just one of [...]

HawaiiEcon1 New report: Marriage equality will boost Hawaii’s tourism, economy

July 25, 2013

An economic study completed in the wake of two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions concludes that if Hawaii’s Legislature passes a marriage equality law, Hawaii would gain $217 million in additional visitor spending in the 2014-2016 period. The report also says state and county tax revenues would increase by $10.2 million during that period. But [...]

LlevellynandMichael It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Llevellyn and Michael

July 19, 2013

Llevellyn and Michael met in 1974 in a college accounting class. Michael was taken with Llevellyn from the very first moment. Thirty-nine years later, they’re still together, bonded together by love and commitment. Before moving to Hawaii, the couple moved around a lot on the mainland, due to Michael’s job. They became acquainted with Maui [...]

OrgMeeting_Revised Join Us on Sunday, July 21 for a Community Meeting

July 19, 2013

Hawaii can be the next state to win marriage equality — and there’s only one way we can do it: by building a local, homegrown campaign powered by supporters like you. Passing a marriage bill in the Legislature isn’t going to be easy. But if thousands of supporters like you join us to develop a [...]

20130626_bkg_same_sex_rally Star Advertiser: Hawaii among targets of gay-marriage push

July 15, 2013

Posted July 13, 2013 By Bloomberg News Gay-marriage advocates, emboldened by a landmark Supreme Court ruling, are enlisting students in New Jersey, black pastors in Illinois and Filipinos in Hawaii to try to convince legislators that history is on their side. The three states, which already allow civil unions, are the next battlegrounds in an [...]

ChrisAndJulie#1 It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Chris and Julie

July 12, 2013

One year ago, Chris and Julie moved 6,000 miles away from their families to start their new lives here in Hawaii. Not long after they arrived in the islands, they stood on the beach with a few family members and close friends to be joined together in a civil union. It was a beautiful day [...]

HICivilUnion It’s Official: Hawaii couples in civil unions will be treated differently than legally married same-sex couples

July 11, 2013

This week, the Obama Administration continued to offer clarification and guidance on the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings. The Court’s striking down of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has extended thousands of critical protections to legally married same-sex couples. But the end of DOMA will not offer increased protections for couples in [...]

HIMatchingGiftFB ACLU of Hawaii Invests $20,000 in Campaign to Win Marriage

July 10, 2013

Hawaii needs marriage equality — and we need it now. The White House just clarified that even though DOMA is pau, the civil union partners of federal employees “will remain ineligible for most federal benefits programs.” In short: ohana in Hawaii will likely be denied many of the critical protections they need. There’s only one [...]

Star Advertiser: “Isles’ gay marriage session should be sooner, not later”

July 8, 2013

Posted in the Star Advertiser By Richard Borreca July 7, 2013 As it turns out, much more work must be done before Hawaii is added to the list of states allowing gay marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court opinion knocking down the Defense of Marriage Act effectively makes marriage between persons of the same gender legal [...]

Star Advertiser: “On the long path to marriage”

July 8, 2013

POSTED in the Honolulu Star Advertiser By Vicki Viotti July 7, 2013 Partly because Hawaii has a legal challenge of its same-sex marriage ban sitting before federal judges in San Francisco — one that could eventually lead to further rulings by the nation’s high court — the islands represent a battleground to either side of [...]

Democratic Democratic Party of Hawaii joins Hawaii United for Marriage

July 3, 2013

Our campaign to bring marriage equality to Hawaii is growing! The State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii has voted unanimously to join Hawaii United for Marriage. The Committee is the governing body made up of two representatives from every Senate district and caucus (GLBT, Women, Kapuna, Hawaiian, Environmental, and Young Democrats) as [...]

4Fam Pic It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Laurie & Jan

July 2, 2013

On New Year’s Day in 2012, after a dozen years together, Laurie and Jan were bonded together in a private civil union ceremony in Honolulu. Several months later, they celebrated their commitment surrounded by supportive family, friends, and coworkers. Not long after that, they added two adorable French Bulldogs to their family. Although their ceremony [...]

StarAdvertiser Honolulu Star Advertiser: Hawaii ready for marriage equality

June 28, 2013

POSTED by the Honolulu Star Advertiser Jun 27, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court has opened a door — entitling all legal marriages, regardless of gender, to the same federal benefits — but has left it up to each state to walk through it. This state should lose no time in doing so. Two years after [...]

ReneaLika It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Renea & Lika

June 27, 2013

When a friend introduced Renea and Lika over the phone, they talked for hours — and kept talking for months. They had no idea they’d end up spending their lives together. But 19 years later, Lika and Renea are more in love than ever. Together, they’ve built a life — one that isn’t all that [...]

Hawaii Marriage Equality Supporters Hail U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

June 26, 2013

Community Anticipates Analysis from Legislative Task Force  Honolulu, HI.   Hawaii United for Marriage (HUM) applauded today’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions that struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and cleared the way for legal same-sex marriages in California. “This is a huge victory for loving, married couples and their families [...]

DOMA is pau!

June 26, 2013

The decisions are in. The Supreme Court just handed down its rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 — striking them both down. As a result of today’s historic rulings, the freedom to marry will be restored in California. And with the striking down of DOMA, legally married same-sex couples will [...]

It’s Happening Tomorrow

June 25, 2013

The waiting will end tomorrow. On Wednesday, June 26, at 10:00 Eastern Time, the Supreme Court will issue decisions on the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 (Prop 8). In just a matter of hours, we’ll know the fate of DOMA, the policy that forces the federal government to discriminate against legally [...]

We’re Hiring a Campaign Manager!

May 29, 2013

Want to lead Hawaii United as we work to win the freedom to marry here in the Aloha State? Then apply now to be our Campaign Manager! In the coming months, Hawaii United for Marriage (HUM) will implement a statewide advocacy campaign to increase political support for legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. After this [...]

Delaware Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill

May 7, 2013

Hawaii United for Marriage congratulates Delaware as it became the eleventh state to honor the freedom to marry when earlier today Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill allowing same-sex couple to obtain civil marriage licenses. The governor signed the bill less than an hour after it passed the Senate by a 12-9 vote. The law [...]

Star Advertiser Op-ed: Time for marriage equality has come

May 5, 2013

By: Chris Lee Published in the Star Advertiser: May 5, 2013 Exactly 20 years ago today, May 5, 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that denying marriage to same-sex couples constituted basic discrimination. In response, Hawaii voters supported a constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples. However, my generation had no [...]

Watch: PBS debate on marriage for same-sex couples

May 3, 2013

Last night on Insights: PBS Hawaii — just hours after Rhode Island became the 10th state to pass marriage equality — show host Dan Boylan moderated a discussion about extending marriage to same-sex couples. The conversation was prompted by the 20-year anniversary of the Hawaii State Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that denying the freedom to [...]

From the Star-Advertiser: “1993 ruling paved way for shifting views on marriage equality”

April 30, 2013

The front page of today’s Star Advertiser tells the story of the 1993 ruling that started a national conversation about marriage for same-sex couples. The centerpiece of the article is an interview with Steven Levinson, the Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice who wrote the opinion in Baehr v. Lewin stating that denying same-sex couples the [...]

mayorcaldwell Honolulu Mayor Caldwell Supports Marriage Equality

February 21, 2013

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is joining hundreds of Mayors from around this country who support marriage for same-sex couples as part of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry coalition. In a statement released last week, Mayor Caldwell expressed his support for marriage equality, while also urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass legislation that would extend [...]

Statement from Hawaii United for Marriage

February 14, 2013

This week, the Legislature reached a key legislative deadline in the 2013 session – scheduling a hearing for all bills referred to two committees.  It is disconcerting that marriage equality legislation did not clear this procedural hurdle; as a result, although there are several procedural mechanisms by which the Legislature could move the bill this year, [...]

hanabusa Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa pledges her support for the freedom to marry

February 10, 2013

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa understands that denying loving and committed same-sex couples marriage benefits is harmful to our nation. Congresswoman Hanabusa is one of the first Hawaii legislators to come forward to support the freedom to marry in Hawaii. If Hawaii extends marriage opportunities to same-sex couples, it would become the 14th US state to do [...]

abercrombie Governor Abercrombie Urges Hawaii Legislature to Advance Marriage Bill

February 9, 2013

Governor Neil Abercombie is joining us in calling on the Hawaii Legislature to hold hearings to pass marriage equality and hold hearings on the pending marriage bills this week. In a statement released yesterday, Governor Abercrombie said: “I have always supported human equality and agree with President Obama and our Congressional Delegation that all of [...]

councilchang Honolulu Councilmember Chang introduces resolution supporting the freedom to marry

February 8, 2013

On Thursday, Honolulu Councilmember Stanley Chang introduced a resolution calling on the Hawaii Legislature and Governor Neil Abercrombie to pass a marriage equality bill this year. In a statement released yesterday, Councilmember Chang called on Hawaii’s elected officials to pass legislation that ensures equal protections for all families in the Aloha State: “I introduced this [...]

Hawaii_State_Capitol Open letter to the Hawaii Legislature from Hawaii United for Marriage

February 7, 2013

Dear Representatives and Senators: We ask that you hear – and pass – HB1109 (and/or companion bill SB1369), providing for marriage equality. Hawaii has always been a leader on issues of equality for all:  the Aloha State has been a model for the nation from the rights of workers, to equality for women, to acknowledging [...]

HI_EconStudy Study: Marriage equality will boost Hawaii’s economy

February 5, 2013

At its core, extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples ensures that loving couples have the tools they need to protect their families. But a study released today by University of Hawaii economics professor Summer La Croix demonstrates another significant benefit to passing marriage equality: boosting our state economy! In his report released today, [...]

staradvertiser Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Marriage equality overdue

February 4, 2013

This piece originally appeared in the Star-Advertiser on Sunday February 3rd. Hawaii’s Supreme Court in 1993 became the first high court of any state to find the refusal to marry a same-sex couple to be discriminatory. Now, two decades later, it’s time for the state to circle back to that position of equanimity with the [...]

JACL_HI_Logo Japanese American Citizen’s League: Hawaii must end discrimination against gays.

February 4, 2013

The Japanese American Citizens League’s endorsement of marriage equality in Hawaii originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, February 3rd. By Liann Ebesugawa As the nation’s oldest and largest Asian-American civil rights organization, the Japanese American Citizens League is committed to equality and the protection of civil and human rights for all. The JACL [...]

Tulsi_Gabbard,_official_portrait,_113th_Congress (1) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Supports Marriage Equality in Hawaii

January 30, 2013

Just two days after Senator Brian Schatz called on the Hawaii State Legislature to pass a marriage bill this year, Representative Tulsi Gabbard released a statement today reiterating her support for marriage equality. Representative Gabbard has already committed to cosponsoring legislation that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. And now, she’s calling on [...]

“End the fuss, legislators, and make gay people equal”

January 30, 2013

By David Shapiro This article originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Jan 30,2013 It’s time for Hawaii to end our 20-year battle over same-sex marriage and join the tide of history that is moving the United States toward marriage equality. The national debate was ignited by a 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage couldn’t be denied without a [...]

Legislature should grant full marriage equality

January 30, 2013

By Lance Bateman This piece originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on January 30,2013  In the marriage equality debate, I have yet to hear from anyone how the marriage that my late husband Bill Woods (the original organizer of the challenge in 1991) and I had in Canada — which was recognized also in most of [...]

US Senator Brian Schatz Urges Hawaii Lawmakers to Pass Marriage Equality

January 29, 2013

US Senator Brian Schatz has added his voice to the growing chorus of leaders in Hawaii who are calling on the State Legislature to pass marriage equality this year. In a statement released yesterday, Senator Schatz said: “The time has come to make marriage equality a reality for Americans around the country, so that all people [...]

New Poll: 55% of Hawaii Residents Support the Freedom to Marry

January 28, 2013

A new poll released today demonstrates that there is growing support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Hawaii! The poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and commissioned by Equality Hawaii Foundation, shows that Hawaii residents overwhelmingly support marriage equality by an 18-point margin. 55% of respondents said that they support legally extending [...]

It’s time for marriage in Hawaii

January 23, 2013

It’s a historic day in Hawaii. We’re proud to announce the formation of Hawaii United for Marriage — an unprecedented coalition of organizations, leaders, and passionate Hawaii residents who are committed to securing the freedom to marry in 2013. In the coming months, same-sex couples, their families, straight allies, Democrats, Republicans, labor leaders, people of [...]

The State That Began The Marriage Equality Movement Makes It Official

November 13, 2013

For Immediate Release: Honolulu, Hi. The state that began the global movement for marriage equality has taken its place alongside other states and countries that allow gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the marriage equality measure into law during a joyous ceremony attended by hundreds of invitees at the [...]

Senate Approves Marriage Equality; Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature

November 12, 2013

For Immediate Release: Honolulu, Hi. Hawaii will become the 15th state in the nation to grant couples the freedom to marry after the State Senate overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality measure today.  The bill awaits Governor Neil Abercrombie’s signature. “This is a joyous occasion because Hawaii is a state that prides itself for its aloha, [...]

State House Approves Marriage Equality

November 8, 2013

For Immediate Release: Today’s State House of Representatives vote moves Hawaii one step closer to granting Hawaii’s gay couples the freedom to marry. “The special session hearings allowed lawmakers to thoroughly review the arguments on all sides,” said Jacce Mikulanec, board member of the Japanese American Citizens League and a founding member of Hawaii United [...]

Hawaii’s Faith-Based Leaders Reaffirm Their Support for Marriage Equality

November 6, 2013

Honolulu, HI.  A coalition of Hawaii faith leaders gathered in the State Capitol Rotunda and urged lawmakers to make Hawaii the 16th state in the country to legalize same sex marriage. The 30 leaders made their case as state lawmakers held a debate on a marriage equality measure making its way through a special session [...]

Marriage Bill Moves To Full House Vote

November 5, 2013

For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI.  After reviewing thousands of written testimonies on all sides of the debate including statements from over 8,000 testifiers in support, and after sitting for an unprecedented five days listening to testimony including opponents of marriage equality who were told to “waste time” in order to stall the lawmaking process, the [...]

Marriage Equality Proponents Encouraged by State Senate Vote

October 30, 2013

For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI.  Today’s historic State Senate vote in favor of marriage equality is another sign that Hawaii is preparing to eliminate discrimination against gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii. “Today our state took another huge step forward toward justice and equality.  And with this vote, we remain cautiously optimistic that Hawaii will [...]

Hundreds of University of Hawaii Students Sign Petition In Favor of Marriage Equality

October 24, 2013

Honolulu, HI.  Students at the University of Hawaii have organized a petition drive in favor of marriage equality. More than 400 students have signed up at the Manoa Campus Center and the list is growing daily. Students said they were inspired to take action as their student government debated the pros and cons of a [...]

Growing List of Local Businesses Endorse Marriage Equality in Hawaii

October 23, 2013

For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI – More than 200 Hawaii businesses are urging state lawmakers to pass a marriage equality measure during next week’s special session. The number of local businesses supporting same sex marriage in Hawaii has more than tripled in a month’s time. Last month, the number stood at 60. For a full [...]

Marriage Equality Proponents Applaud Announcement of Special Session

September 9, 2013

For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI. Hawaii United for Marriage today welcomed Governor Neil Abercrombie’s call for a special session of the State Legislature to consider bringing marriage equality to Hawaii. The session will begin on Oct. 28, 2013. “Its’ been over two months since the U.S. government recognized marriage between same-sex couples,” said Lois Perrin, [...]

Marriage Equality Proponents Pleased With Progress Toward Special Session

September 6, 2013

Sept. 6, 2013 For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI.  Marriage equality proponents are cautiously optimistic Governor Neil Abercrombie will be calling a special session to legalize gay marriage. The governor met in private caucus sessions with House lawmakers and after the meeting told reporters the “general conclusion is that everything that can possibly be said, has [...]

Hawaii Businesses Endorse Marriage

September 5, 2013

Hawaii Businesses Endorse Marriage Equality More Than Sixty Businesses Urge Lawmakers to Act Sept. 5, 2013 For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI. Members of Hawaii’s business community have stepped forward to endorse marriage equality in Hawaii. More than sixty businesses are supporting calls for the governor to call the State Legislature into a special session and [...]

Labor Day Messages of Support For Marriage Equality in Hawaii

September 3, 2013

For Immediate Release Honolulu, Hi.  Members of Hawaii’s labor community today voiced their support for Hawaii lawmakers to approve marriage equality. “This Labor Day, by calling for marriage equality in Hawaii as a labor issue, we affirm our commitment to equality and economic justice for all. An injury to one is an injury to all,” [...]

IRS Ruling Provides Another Compelling Reason Why Hawaii Should Provide Marriage Equality

August 29, 2013

Aug. 29, 2013 For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI.  Today’s ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service provides momentum for Hawaii lawmakers to enact a marriage equality measure this year. The federal agencies ruled that if same-sex couples were legally married in jurisdictions with marriage equality, then their marriages will [...]

Faith-based Groups Urge Lawmakers To Meet and Pass Marriage Equality

August 19, 2013

Honolulu, HI.  More than 30 representatives of faith-based groups today signed a resolution in support of marriage equality. The signing followed a brunch service at the Nuuanu church where President Obama went to Sunday school in his years growing up in Hawaii. The signers at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu included two Methodist ministers, [...]

Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation United in Supporting Marriage Equality

August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013 For Immediate Release Honolulu, HI.  Members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation are uniting to express their support for marriage equality in Hawaii. U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and U.S. Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard released statements of support, each urging Governor Neil Abercrombie and the State legislature to pass the [...]

Allen Castro and Danny Robinson 2 It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Danny & Allen

July 29, 2013

Danny and Allen know better than most how important marriage is. When Danny’s mother was sick and dying, Allen took time off from his job to help take care of her in her final weeks. But because Allen and Danny weren’t able to get married, Allen was denied family medical leave — just one of [...]

LlevellynandMichael It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Llevellyn and Michael

July 19, 2013

Llevellyn and Michael met in 1974 in a college accounting class. Michael was taken with Llevellyn from the very first moment. Thirty-nine years later, they’re still together, bonded together by love and commitment. Before moving to Hawaii, the couple moved around a lot on the mainland, due to Michael’s job. They became acquainted with Maui [...]

OrgMeeting_Revised Join Us on Sunday, July 21 for a Community Meeting

July 19, 2013

Hawaii can be the next state to win marriage equality — and there’s only one way we can do it: by building a local, homegrown campaign powered by supporters like you. Passing a marriage bill in the Legislature isn’t going to be easy. But if thousands of supporters like you join us to develop a [...]

20130626_bkg_same_sex_rally Star Advertiser: Hawaii among targets of gay-marriage push

July 15, 2013

Posted July 13, 2013 By Bloomberg News Gay-marriage advocates, emboldened by a landmark Supreme Court ruling, are enlisting students in New Jersey, black pastors in Illinois and Filipinos in Hawaii to try to convince legislators that history is on their side. The three states, which already allow civil unions, are the next battlegrounds in an [...]

ChrisAndJulie#1 It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Chris and Julie

July 12, 2013

One year ago, Chris and Julie moved 6,000 miles away from their families to start their new lives here in Hawaii. Not long after they arrived in the islands, they stood on the beach with a few family members and close friends to be joined together in a civil union. It was a beautiful day [...]

HICivilUnion It’s Official: Hawaii couples in civil unions will be treated differently than legally married same-sex couples

July 11, 2013

This week, the Obama Administration continued to offer clarification and guidance on the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings. The Court’s striking down of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has extended thousands of critical protections to legally married same-sex couples. But the end of DOMA will not offer increased protections for couples in [...]

HIMatchingGiftFB ACLU of Hawaii Invests $20,000 in Campaign to Win Marriage

July 10, 2013

Hawaii needs marriage equality — and we need it now. The White House just clarified that even though DOMA is pau, the civil union partners of federal employees “will remain ineligible for most federal benefits programs.” In short: ohana in Hawaii will likely be denied many of the critical protections they need. There’s only one [...]

Star Advertiser: “Isles’ gay marriage session should be sooner, not later”

July 8, 2013

Posted in the Star Advertiser By Richard Borreca July 7, 2013 As it turns out, much more work must be done before Hawaii is added to the list of states allowing gay marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court opinion knocking down the Defense of Marriage Act effectively makes marriage between persons of the same gender legal [...]

Star Advertiser: “On the long path to marriage”

July 8, 2013

POSTED in the Honolulu Star Advertiser By Vicki Viotti July 7, 2013 Partly because Hawaii has a legal challenge of its same-sex marriage ban sitting before federal judges in San Francisco — one that could eventually lead to further rulings by the nation’s high court — the islands represent a battleground to either side of [...]

Democratic Democratic Party of Hawaii joins Hawaii United for Marriage

July 3, 2013

Our campaign to bring marriage equality to Hawaii is growing! The State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii has voted unanimously to join Hawaii United for Marriage. The Committee is the governing body made up of two representatives from every Senate district and caucus (GLBT, Women, Kapuna, Hawaiian, Environmental, and Young Democrats) as [...]

4Fam Pic It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Laurie & Jan

July 2, 2013

On New Year’s Day in 2012, after a dozen years together, Laurie and Jan were bonded together in a private civil union ceremony in Honolulu. Several months later, they celebrated their commitment surrounded by supportive family, friends, and coworkers. Not long after that, they added two adorable French Bulldogs to their family. Although their ceremony [...]

StarAdvertiser Honolulu Star Advertiser: Hawaii ready for marriage equality

June 28, 2013

POSTED by the Honolulu Star Advertiser Jun 27, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court has opened a door — entitling all legal marriages, regardless of gender, to the same federal benefits — but has left it up to each state to walk through it. This state should lose no time in doing so. Two years after [...]

ReneaLika It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Renea & Lika

June 27, 2013

When a friend introduced Renea and Lika over the phone, they talked for hours — and kept talking for months. They had no idea they’d end up spending their lives together. But 19 years later, Lika and Renea are more in love than ever. Together, they’ve built a life — one that isn’t all that [...]

Hawaii Marriage Equality Supporters Hail U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

June 26, 2013

Community Anticipates Analysis from Legislative Task Force  Honolulu, HI.   Hawaii United for Marriage (HUM) applauded today’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions that struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and cleared the way for legal same-sex marriages in California. “This is a huge victory for loving, married couples and their families [...]

Delaware Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill

May 7, 2013

Hawaii United for Marriage congratulates Delaware as it became the eleventh state to honor the freedom to marry when earlier today Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill allowing same-sex couple to obtain civil marriage licenses. The governor signed the bill less than an hour after it passed the Senate by a 12-9 vote. The law [...]

Statement from Hawaii United for Marriage

February 14, 2013

This week, the Legislature reached a key legislative deadline in the 2013 session – scheduling a hearing for all bills referred to two committees.  It is disconcerting that marriage equality legislation did not clear this procedural hurdle; as a result, although there are several procedural mechanisms by which the Legislature could move the bill this year, [...]

Economic Report Shows Same Sex Marriage Will Boost Tourism and Hawaii’s Economy

February 5, 2013

Feb. 5, 2013 For Immediate Release Honolulu, Hi. A new economic study says the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii will provide a substantial boost to the state’s economy. The report was authored by noted University of Hawaii economics professor Sumner La Croix. “We find that marriage equality is likely to lead to substantial increases [...]