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.

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

December 02 2013 6:35 PM

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

December 02 2013 2:10 PM

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

November 14 2013 5:00 PM

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

November 13 2013 4:27 PM

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

November 12 2013 2:17 PM Updated

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.

November 09 2013 1:43 PM

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.

November 07 2013 2:14 PM

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.

November 05 2013 4:19 PM

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.

November 05 2013 2:29 PM