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: How Long Will Supreme Court Wait to Take Marriage Case?

WATCH: How Long Will SCOTUS Wait to Take Up Marriage?

Three marriage equality cases are currently awaiting review by the U.S. Supreme Court. But there are several more making a beeline for the nation's highest court.

WATCH LIVE: Appeals Court Hears Marriage Cases

WATCH LIVE: Appeals Court Hears Marriage Cases

Starting at 1 p.m. Pacific, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments regarding marriage equality in Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Ninth Circuit Panel Could Bring More Good News for Marriage Equality

Appeals Panel Could Bring Good News for Marriage Equality

In less than a week, three judges will hear oral arguments in multiple major marriage cases, and a study of their past rulings shows cause for optimism.

WATCH: Hawaii Celebrates Marriage Equality

WATCH: Hawaii Celebrates Marriage Equality

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

Transgender Teen Reported Missing in Honolulu

Transgender Teen Reported Missing in Honolulu

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

First Same-Sex Couples Marry in Hawaii

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

Judge Refuses to Block Hawaii Marriage Equality

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

WATCH: Hawaii Gov. Signs Marriage Equality Bill

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
January 07 2014 6:44 PM ET

Hawaii's Long Wait for Marriage Equality Has Ended

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

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