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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HONOLULU -- A federal judge in Hawaii will consider whether to throw out a sex abuse lawsuit against "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer after his attorneys presented information that neither the filmmaker nor his accuser were in the state at the time.
HONOLULU -- A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans.
HONOLULU -- A state judge in Hawaii has thrown out a lawmaker's challenge to the state's new marriage equality law, declaring that the law that took effect in December is constitutional.
HONOLULU — State attorneys are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's new gay marriage law.
HONOLULU -- One of the Hawaii women who sparked the national same-sex marriage battle with a lawsuit more than 20 years ago is now legally married to another woman.
HONOLULU — Same-sex couples are taking advantage of Hawaii's new found aloha for marriage equality.
HONOLULU -- Some same-sex couples plan to get married as soon as they're able to do so legally in Hawaii on Monday. A ceremony for six couples at the Sheraton Waikiki is one of several wedding events taking place soon after 12:01 a.m., when a...
HONOLULU -- A number of Hawaii state lawmakers have received what appears to be a "lump of coal" for their Christmas stockings, sent by an anonymous citizen rebuking the legislators for voting against the state's marriage equality bill earlier this month.
HONOLULU -- A Hawaii judge on Thursday ruled the state's brand new gay marriage law is legal, despite a challenge saying voters thought they barred same-sex marriage 15 years ago in the state constitution.