Hawaii is the 50th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959. The state capital is Honolulu, and Hawaii is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.
LGBT Rights in Hawaii: Same-sex marriage is legal in Hawaii as of Dec. 2, 2013, following passage of a bill in the state legislature, and signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Nov. 13, 2013. State law prohibits discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, public accommodations and housing. Hawaii has a law that addresses hate crime protection for both actual and/or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Hawaii allows individuals to adopt and has no explicit prohibition on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoption by a person of the same sex as the first parent.
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Mika Inoue was in college when she faced some of the scariest threats against her life as a transgender woman. Now, at age 25, she hopes to avoid those situations by getting a new birth certificate that confirms with her gender identity, without undergoing surgery. [...]
Florida clerks can start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in January -- but if they do, they could risk arrest and jail time. [...]
A lawsuit brought by GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott claims the Legislature didn't have authority to pass the law. [...]
HONOLULU -- It was a decision that Gov. Neil Abercrombie said may have cost him re-election, but one that he stood by as a proud legacy that will live on long after he leaves the state's highest office. Under Abercrombie's tenure as governor, Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage, and Abercrombie's decision [...]
HONOLULU -- Outgoing Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be given an award for his work to legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii. The Equality Hawaii Foundation will present Abercrombie with the Steven H. Levinson Trailblazer Award at its annual gala on Nov. 22.
HONOLULU -- A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has quietly ended a last-ditch court fight against a Hawaii law allowing same-sex marriage. The court issued an opinion earlier this month declaring moot a lawsuit filed by a Hawaii couple seeking to marry before the state legalized gay marriage [...]
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in [...]
SAN FRANCISCO -- A debate over whether children would be harmed or helped by legalizing same-sex marriage was the main focus when a federal appeals court in San Francisco waded again into the issue of the constitutionality of gay marriage. The three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals [...]
A massive victory for equality in Wisconsin and Indiana, with one of the most strongly-worded decisions yet. A judge in Louisiana has ruled against marriage equality, but there are some problems with his ruling. There are major oral arguments this week in multiple states, and more cases move closer to [...]
SAN FRANCISCO -- For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. State and federal [...]