Hawaii

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to have Hawaii's marriage equality law overturned.

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

Friday, January 31, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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Hawaii same-sex marriage pioneer who sparked national debate weds partner

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP

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

Friday, November 29, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to have Hawaii's marriage equality law overturned.

Hawaii judge rejects lawmaker’s bid to overturn state’s new gay marriage law

Thursday, November 14, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Oskar Garcia, APA gay marriage bill sits on a table after becoming law with Gov. Neil Abercrombie's signature at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Hawaii governor signs marriage equality bill into law

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
HONOLULU -- Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in Hawaii, the state that kicked off a national discussion of the issue more than two decades ago. [ Read more → ]
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Hawaii governor to sign gay marriage bill on Wednesday; law takes effect Dec. 2

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to sign a gay marriage bill into law during an invitation-only ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center. [ Read more → ]
Oskar Garcia, APGay marriage supporters rally outside the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu ahead of a Senate vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. The bill allowing same-sex couples to wed on the islands starting Dec. 2 is expected to pass easily barring any unexpected surprises.

Hawaii state Senate passes same-sex marriage bill, governor to sign into law

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
HONOLULU -- The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday legalizing gay marriage, putting Hawaii a signature away from becoming a same-sex wedding destination. [ Read more → ]
Oskar Garcia, APHawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, second from left, speaks with his Chief of Staff Bruce Copa during a House floor session on gay marriage at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Hawaii Senate to take final vote on same-sex marriage bill

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Tuesday, the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie. [ Read more → ]
House lawmakers stand at the start of a floor session on gay marriage at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Key Hawaii senator: House version of gay marriage bill to easily pass Senate

Saturday, November 9, 2013
HONOLULU -- The head of Hawaii's Senate judiciary committee said Saturday he expects an amended bill legalizing gay marriage to pass easily in the Senate next week, with no changes to the measure passed by the House Friday night after two grueling floor sessions and a lengthy public hearing. [ Read more → ]
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Aloha #16 – Hawaii state House approves same-sex marriage bill

Saturday, November 9, 2013
HONOLULU -- The Hawaii House of Representatives passed a special session bill on Friday night that would make Hawaii the 16th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, setting up a final approval by the state Senate before it's sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature. [ Read more → ]
House lawmakers stand at the start of a floor session on gay marriage at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Hawaii House lawmakers poised to take final vote on same-sex marriage

Friday, November 8, 2013
HONOLULU -- Hawaii House lawmakers were poised to take their final vote Friday on a bill to legalize gay marriage on the islands, with strong chances the measure will pass and move to the Senate for its second approval. [ Read more → ]
GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to have Hawaii's marriage equality law overturned.

Hawaii judge says same-sex marriage challenge too soon

Thursday, November 7, 2013
HONOLULU -- A Hawaii judge has rejected a move to block lawmakers from legalizing gay marriage in a special session, but said he'll hear the challenge if a law is passed. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay lawmaker votes against Hawaii same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, November 7, 2013
HONOLULU -- An openly gay lawmaker in Hawaii may have made history Wednesday when she voted against a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Oskar Garcia, APLawmakers discuss gay marriage on the House floor at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

Hawaii lawmakers move same-sex marriage bill to final House vote

Thursday, November 7, 2013
HONOLULU -- The Hawaii House on Wednesday night moved forward a bill to legalize gay marriage to the chamber's final vote after a nearly 11-hour hearing that featured political maneuvering and chanting crowds outside the gallery. [ Read more → ]
Oskar Garcia, APHawaii lawmakers advanced a gay marriage bill at a House joint committee hearing on Tuesday.

Hawaii lawmakers debate same-sex marriage bill on House floor

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
HONOLULU -- A bill to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii faced a crucial test in the House on Wednesday as crowds for and against same-sex marriage chanted outside the chamber, drowning out lawmakers as they tried to speak. [ Read more → ]
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Hawaii joint House committee advances same-sex marriage bill

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HONOLULU -- Two Hawaii House committees are moving forward a bill to legalize gay marriage to the full chamber. [ Read more → ]
Republican Rep. Bob McDermott has asked for a 5-day recess in an attempt to delay a vote on the marriage bill.

Testimony in Hawaii same-sex marriage hearing ends after nearly five days

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HONOLULU -- Lawmakers on two House committees Tuesday neared the end of five days of public testimony on a gay marriage bill that has already cleared the state Senate. [ Read more → ]
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Hawaii police union leader: ‘You would have to kill me’ to enforce gay marriage

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HONOLULU -- The president of Hawaii's police union testified Monday before a joint hearing in the state legislature on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and said he would never enforce such a law. [ Read more → ]
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Advances in gay rights piling up, but battles still remain

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
NEW YORK -- In Maine, a congressman running for governor came out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers prepared for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. And in the U.S. Senate, seven Republicans joined the Democrats in a landmark vote to ban workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. [ Read more → ]
Oskar Garcia, APHouse lawmakers hold a joint committee hearing on gay marriage at the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

House committee hearing on Hawaii gay marriage bill to resume

Friday, November 1, 2013
HONOLULU -- A Hawaii House committee hearing on gay marriage took a break early Friday after a 14-hour session, and will resume later in the morning to hear testimony from more than 4,000 people who have yet to speak. [ Read more → ]
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