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?
September 08 2014 4:34 PM ET

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

Matt Baume

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
September 08 2014 2:00 PM ET

WATCH LIVE: Appeals Court Hears Marriage Cases

Sunnivie Brydum

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
September 03 2014 6:04 PM ET

Appeals Panel Could Bring Good News for Marriage Equality

Matt Baume

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
December 03 2013 2:05 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 6:35 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 2:10 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 5:00 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 4:27 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 2:17 PM ET January 07 2014 5:44 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 1:43 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 2:14 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.

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