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 Passes Marriage Equality

WATCH: Hawaii Passes Marriage Equality

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

WATCH: Hawaii House Advances Marriage Equality

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH: Hawaii House Committee, Opponents Debate Marriage Equality

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

BREAKING: Hawaii Senate OK's Marriage Equality; On to House

Hawaii Senate OK's Marriage Equality; On to House

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

Mormon Church Back in Marriage Equality Fight in Hawaii

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

Hawaii Senate Committee Pushes Marriage Bill Forward

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

WATCH: Hawaiians Debate Marriage Equality

WATCH: Hawaiians Debate Marriage Equality

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

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