Hawaii
News from within the borders of Hawaii and the fight for LGBT equality there. Hawaii recognizes same-sex unions, although marriage equality is banned in its state constitution. Past and present challenges include hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples. Many pundits point to Baehr v. Miike, a 1991 case that contested the state's prohibition of marriage equality that was heard before the Hawaii Supreme Court, as an impetus to the creation of the federal Defense of Marriage Action in 1996.
WATCH: Hawaii Celebrates Marriage Equality
December 03 2013 3:05 PM ET

WATCH: Hawaii Celebrates Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

The first day of marriage equality in the state saw nearly 50 same-sex couples wed.

Transgender Teen Reported Missing in Honolulu
December 02 2013 7:35 PM ET

Transgender Teen Reported Missing in Honolulu

Trudy Ring

Police are searching for 15-year-old Christian Kukahiko, who may be in a state of emotional distress.

First Same-Sex Couples Marry in Hawaii
December 02 2013 3:10 PM ET

First Same-Sex Couples Marry in Hawaii

Trudy Ring

Six couples took their vows just after midnight today as the state's marriage equality law went into effect.

Judge Refuses to Block Hawaii Marriage Equality
November 14 2013 6:00 PM ET

Judge Refuses to Block Hawaii Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto today declined to issue a restraining order to keep the state's new law from going into effect.

WATCH: Hawaii Gov. Signs Marriage Equality Bill
November 13 2013 5:27 PM ET

WATCH: Hawaii Gov. Signs Marriage Equality Bill

Trudy Ring

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the bill into law today, ending a two-decade journey to marriage equality in the Aloha State.

Hawaii OK's Marriage Equality
November 12 2013 3:17 PM ET January 07 2014 6:44 PM ET

Hawaii's Long Wait for Marriage Equality Has Ended

Trudy Ring

The state Senate on Tuesday approved a new version of the legislation that the governor is set to sign today.

WATCH: Hawaii Passes Marriage Equality
November 09 2013 2:43 PM ET

WATCH: Hawaii Passes Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

After more than a week of often heated debate, Hawaii's House passed the Marriage Equality Act by a vote of 30-19. After a confirmation vote from the Senate, the bill will go to supportive Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature.

WATCH: Hawaii House Advances Marriage Equality
November 07 2013 3:14 PM ET

WATCH: Hawaii House Advances Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Leading up to the vote, there were surprises, as a conservative Christian lawmaker voiced support for the marriage bill and a lesbian legislator came out against it.

Hawaii Conservatives Attempt 'Citizen's Filibuster' on Marriage Equality
November 05 2013 5:19 PM ET

Hawaii Conservatives Attempt 'Citizen's Filibuster' on Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Amid allegations that conservatives opposed to marriage equality trying to cheat the system, advocates remain optimistic that Hawaii will become the next U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

WATCH: You'd Have to Kill Me Before I'll Enforce Marriage Equality, Says Hawaii Police Union President
November 05 2013 3:29 PM ET

Hawaii Cop: I'd Rather Die Than Enforce Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

The president of Hawaii's police union, himself an active-duty officer, says he'd rather die than enforce marriage equality in his home state.

WATCH: Hawaii House Committee, Opponents Debate Marriage Equality
October 31 2013 5:35 PM ET

WATCH: Hawaii House Committee, Opponents Debate Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

The Aloha State continues its march to becoming the 15th to embrace marriage equality.

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