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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Hawaii governor blames primary loss on support for marriage equality

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
HONOLULU -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage. Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii's open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for same-sex marriage and because they think...

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Judge sets hearing in sex abuse lawsuit against ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer

| Thursday, May 22, 2014
Bryan Singer
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.

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‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of sex abuse in lawsuit

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bryan Singer
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.

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Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

| Friday, February 28, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
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.

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Hawaii judge rejects lawmaker’s attempt to overturn marriage equality law

| Friday, January 31, 2014
GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to have Hawaii's marriage equality law overturned.
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.

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Hawaii attorneys want judge to dismiss challenge to same-sex marriage law

| Tuesday, December 24, 2013
HONOLULU — State attorneys are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's new gay marriage law.

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Hawaii same-sex marriage pioneer who sparked national debate weds partner

| Wednesday, December 18, 2013
KHON-TVGenora Dancel Kathryn Dennis
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.

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Aloha! Marriage equality becomes reality in Hawaii as new law takes effect

| Monday, December 2, 2013
HONOLULU — Same-sex couples are taking advantage of Hawaii's new found aloha for marriage equality.

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Final wedding plans underway as gay couples in Hawaii prepare to say ‘I do’

| Friday, November 29, 2013
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP
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...

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Hawaii lawmakers receive ‘lump of coal’ for voting against gay marriage

| Monday, November 25, 2013
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.

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