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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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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in 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. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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 this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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Federal appeals court hears arguments over impact of same-sex marriage

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Attorney Deborah Ferguson, left, presents arguments against the gay marriage ban in Idaho at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.
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 - two of whom have ruled in previous cases in favor of gay rights...

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Marriage News Watch: Massive victory in 7th Circuit, problems with ruling in La.

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Cody Huston, left, and Tina Cady, both of Madison, embrace after getting married Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
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 consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Two years after overturning Prop 8, gay marriage back before the Ninth Circuit

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Marriage equality advocates rally outside the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on February 7, 2012, moment before hearing that the court upheld a District Court ruling that Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional.
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 court judges have been striking down bans in more than...

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Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii same-sex marriage cases go before appeals court

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Monday is set to consider same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage in December so that appeal may be dismissed. The appeals court...

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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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