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.
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.

BREAKING: Hawaii Senate OK's Marriage Equality; On to House
October 30 2013 9:47 PM ET

Hawaii Senate OK's Marriage Equality; On to House

Trudy Ring

The Senate voted 20-4 to approve the measure; the House, where the vote could be closer, will hold a committee hearing on the bill Thursday and may try to amend it.

Mormon Church Back in Marriage Equality Fight in Hawaii
October 30 2013 3:18 PM ET

Mormon Church Back in Marriage Equality Fight in Hawaii

Trudy Ring

After a few years of sitting out such battles, the church is becoming active in Hawaii, urging members to oppose the legislation pending there.

Hawaii Senate Committee Pushes Marriage Bill Forward
October 29 2013 3:17 PM ET

Hawaii Senate Committee Pushes Marriage Bill Forward

Michelle Garcia

The Hawaii Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee approved a bill to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

WATCH: Hawaiians Debate Marriage Equality
October 28 2013 6:12 PM ET

WATCH: Hawaiians Debate Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Members of the public were invited to give testimony in one-minute segments Monday before the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

WATCH: NOM's Recycled Homophobia Washes Up in Hawaii
October 28 2013 2:13 PM ET

WATCH: NOM's Recycled Homophobia Washes Up in Hawaii

Sunnivie Brydum

As the Hawaii legislature gathers for a special session to consider marriage equality, the antigay National Organization for Marriage begins running TV ads opposing same-sex marriage.

Hawaiian Bishop: Banning Marriage Equality Is 'Just Discrimination'
August 26 2013 4:06 PM ET

HI Bishop: Banning Marriage Equality 'Just Discrimination'

Sunnivie Brydum

Bishop of Honolulu Larry Silva penned an open letter asking all Hawaiian Catholics to oppose marriage equality, saying it will lead to legal polygamy and incest.

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