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.
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.

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.

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