BREAKING: Hawaii passes gay marriage bill, governor to sign in morning

Gay marriages will begin in Hawaii on December 2, 2013.

The Hawaii state Senate has just passed legislation legalizing the marriages of gay couples in that state, and Democratic Governor Abercrombie says he will sign the legislation in the morning.

The legislation goes into effect on December 2, so hopefully the marriages will begin on that date.

Man, I’m getting dizzy.

Hawaii via Shutterstock

Hawaii via Shutterstock

Hawaii will be the 15th state to recognize the marriages of gay couples.

Illinois, which just last week passed legislation recognizing gay marriages, won’t see marriages begin in that state until next June, 2014.  That means that even though Illinois passed the legislation before Hawaii, Hawaii will come before Illinois in the ranking of states that now recognize gay unions.  So, unless some other state surprises us before next June, Illinois will be the 16th state to recognize our marriages.

The other states that have legalized gay marriage include:

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state.  The District of Columbia, which isn’t a state, is also on the list.

Outside of the US, the following countries have legalize gay marriage:

Sixteen countries now have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide (Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, and New Zealand – plus Britain [England and Wales], which has passed a law that has not yet taken effect), while two others have regional or court-directed provisions enabling same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry (Mexico and the United States). Many other countries provide some protections for such couples. As more and more countries and parts of the United States win the freedom to marry, we see that families are helped, and communities and countries made stronger, by protecting all loving committed couples.

I even saw a gay wedding taking place in the park by my place in DC the other weekend. The couple was getting those goofily adorable photos taken of them staring into each other’s eyes while the bridal party and guests waited in the distance. They even had bridesmaids with those horrible blue/green dresses! (I had really hoped the one thing we gays wouldn’t emulate would be the bad dresses, but alas.)

The world’s a-changing.

UPDATE: The President has weighed in….

 “I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality. With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder. And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those in Hawaii whose families will now be given the security and respect they deserve.”


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36 Responses to “BREAKING: Hawaii passes gay marriage bill, governor to sign in morning”

  1. Dakotahgeo says:

    With fresh asphalt.

  2. Dakotahgeo says:

    Floriduh might be bad but Kansas, Missery, Ohio, et al, could only be worse, much worse! Smiles. Have a super day!

  3. Indigo says:

    I wish! I don’t live there, I live in Florid’oh. It’s just that I collect pretty things.

  4. neroden says:

    I read these articles because the relentless march of same-sex marriage seems like the only good political news most of the time, lately. :-(

  5. Dakotahgeo says:

    WOW!!! I am hereby suggesting that our NATIONAL Anthem be written and submitted by Hawai’ian Native musicians!!! I’ve listened to Hawai’ian choirs all my life and more beautiful music has been played or sung. Your island nation is indeed blessed!

  6. Indigo says:

    It’s the Hawai’ian state anthem.

  7. Indigo says:

    You should write church pamphlets. Oh, wait . . . you should not plagiarize church pamphlets. That’s a sin called “stealing . . .” Naughty!

  8. Dakotahgeo says:

    This is absolutely beautiful!

  9. Dakotahgeo says:

    And thank you for not dirtying up Hawai’i any more than the Mormons have done. There will be many more grateful normal people to take your place.

  10. Dakotahgeo says:

    You’re really not a very happy person, are you? Those who can’t get along with others very seldom get along with themselves. Your comments are full of gibberish mush handed out on theological paper plates of the conservative American christian Taliban and radical religious reich. Come back when you have educated yourself and found an original thought.

  11. The_Fixer says:

    At least you have a reason other than “God said so”!

    Allergies suck, though. I have a few of my own. I feel your pain.

  12. Nathanael says:

    I think mixed fibers really are detestable. ;-)

    (I have fiber allergies. Mixed fibers are a real pain because it’s not always immediately obvious that I’ve hit something I’m allergic to, even if I do a burn test, due to the small percentage content. I can’t buy clothes which have lost their tags.)

  13. The_Fixer says:

    So much wrong here….

    But I am going to concentrate on one thing – your justification of discrimination via bible verses.

    “More compelling verses:
    Leviticus 18:22
    ‘Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin.'”

    I really get tired of saying this, but do you even read your (poorly translated) bible? Look at the rest of the verses in Leviticus. The ones that say wearing mixed fibers is also detestable. Tattoos are detestable. Eating shellfish is detestable. And on and on. It’s clearly non-sensical, and clearly added by some human idiot who has no idea of what a supreme being’s priorities would be.

    By the way, the concept of homosexuality was not even expressed until 1860. So the bible couldn’t have said “homosexuality”, could it? Which points to obvious problems with the bible – or at least this translation of it that you cite.

    The founders of this country recognized that state-supported and endorsed religions were going to cause deep problems in this country. Some of the original colonies had state religions – and they gave them up to join the union. They knew that because of differing religious beliefs there was no way a state-supported religion was ever going to work.

    What your objection to homosexuality boils down to is a religious objection. You are entitled to your opinion, but not your religious laws. If you don’t like same-sex marriage, then don’t get married to someone of the same sex. It’s that simple. All of your hokum about it destroying the fabric of society has been proven false.

    Now go away, and take your copy-and-paste screed with you.

  14. Thom Allen says:

    Inside and outside. The anti-same-sex marriage crowd screaming chants to obstruct the legislative proceedings, the jeering, name-calling and threats that occurred when the right wing realized that they’d lose. Requiring a substantial police presence to make sure SSM supporters weren’t physically attacked, as well. The Mormons and other bigots sure wanted their money’s worth.

  15. TampaZeke says:

    Yeah, World Nut Daily is a reliable, unbiased, non-rabidly homophobic source of information. With Thorgood you can LITERALLY consider the source. His shrieks and tears, and those of his fellow haters as they lose their grip on society and reality, is like music to my ears and ambrosia to my lips! Your world is only going to get worse, MUCH worse, from here on out Thorgood. You better start stocking up your bunker!

    And Hawaii THANKS YOU for cancelling your vacation. They already have too many religious nuts and haters on the islands. They don’t need any more invading from the mainland.

  16. Thom Allen says:

    I don’t think thorgood even read it. He just RandPaulled it from a neofacist site and pasted it here verbatim. The original neofascist author probably never proofed it. And the bible was never proofed.

  17. TampaZeke says:

    I was wondering when you were going to get around to reporting on the goings on in Hawaii. I couldn’t believe that you didn’t report on the hate circus bruhaha that went on in the Hawaii House.

  18. Paul says:

    “life is sexually transmitted and universally contrary to the sexual orientation of straight parents”

    Proofread, or get a dick in your slavering mouth. One of the two.

  19. Thom Allen says:

    “Cancel my vacation!” Good. Looks like you already canceled your education. When you have a rational and/or reasonable original thought, that you might be able to back up with some evidcence, feel free to post it. Until then, you are a clueless tool who can only regurgitate propaganda and bible-isms that don’t even make any sense.

  20. Thorgood says:

    Cancel my vacation!

    Behaviorally, homosexuality creates social turmoil beginning with public bathrooms, showers, dorm rooms and military barracks. Previously separated by gender to preserve personal privacy and eliminate sexual attraction, they now become place of embarrassment and chaos when it’s not just opposites that attract. Consider this article: “Transgender boy invades girls’ bathroom” at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/transgender-boy-invades-girls-bathroom/?cat_orig=education

    Sexual privacy needs are denied when policies fail to provide adequate physical and visual separation from anyone attracted to their sex. For example, having homosexuals shower with professional athletes is like sending in the straight pros to shower with cheerleaders. Clearly their wives would be incensed while the homosexuals are oblivious to this offense. By definition, homosexuals deny society of its sexual privacy, although they fervently refute any impropriety to maintain their dysfunctional lifestyle.

    Militarily, effeminate and butch homosexuals emasculate our military, embolden our enemies, generate turmoil in the ranks, cost us the respect of other nations, discourage good prospective Americans from entering military service, and fail to emulate the courageous GI’s and Marines that served in earlier generations, all which weaken the USA.

    As it affects health, homosexuals experience greater depression resulting from rejection by a majority of the population who oppose homosexually, amplified when impressionable children are exposed to a lifestyle their parents abhor, and who recognize how it terminates their family legacies. Subsequently, parents of the bride expect to pay for the wedding of a straight couple with the thought of grandchildren in the years to come. In a disenchanted and unholy union, why are homosexuals surprised of their parents’ lack of support? Sadly, our moral decay lead by this minority is accompanied by severe consequences as described in the CDC’s document ” TODAY’S HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC’ HIV rates” http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/HIVFactSheets/TodaysEpidemic-508.pdf Some insurance companies add premium surcharges for unhealthy lifestyles which involve over-eating or smoking. It seems a travesty for government officials to endorse a life shortening lifestyle such as homosexuality.

    On a biological level, homosexuality is dysfunctional; ignoring that life is sexually transmitted and universally contrary to the sexual orientation of straight parents. It introduces human waste into the reproduction system which is reprehensible, it raises the risk of acquiring AIDS/HIV, increases health care costs and shortens life spans. It’s like pounding in nails with a wrench, destroying the wrench and bending the nails. On a more elementary level, the plumbing and electrical professions identify different male and female fittings, knowing how they are designed to work, and that connecting two of the same yields disastrous results. Consequently, homosexuals ignore that “form follows function”, at their own peril.

    Theologically, homosexuality is contrary to the Bible resulting in the gay community embracing atheism as it conflicts with their hedonistic lifestyle. Scriptural condemnation begins in Genesis with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and continues through Revelation. However, consider His grace reflected in I Corinthians 6::9 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals,10 thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Rejecting His grace, we just become another Godless nation.

    More compelling verses:
    Leviticus 18:22
    “Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin.”

    And for raising children: Luke 17:2
    “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.”

    For those who believe in God, what could be more compelling?

  21. Indigo says:

    Aloha, Hawai’i!

  22. docsterx says:

    We keep forgetting to mention the Native American tribes that permit same-sex marriage. I believe that three more just sanctioned gay marriage in 2012-2013. I think that there are now 7 tribes that allow ssm. One tribe may consider it if the state in which they’re located changes its marriage law. Others might follow if their states’ laws change. Amazingly. some Native American tribal councils are fairly conservative. Interesting to see that some of them are pretty progressive on SSM. Amazing that more aren’t since, apparently hundreds of years ago, Native Americans thought that same sex marriage was spiritually blessed. Same sex marriage was here long before the white immigrants arrived.

  23. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    This is so exciting that I gave everything an up vote. Sort of a mini-celebration.

  24. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Let’s hope it’s a go.

  25. usagi says:

    The current plan is to hit SF City Hall and upgrade the RDP to marriage sometime, possibly over the holiday break. We had the only ceremony that matters 21 years ago. The rest is just about the tax implications.

  26. kenthomes says:

    No amount of Mormon church hate could stop this from finally happening. I grew up in Hawaii, and the Mormon church was able to stop Hawaii becoming the first marriage equality state in the Union. Better late than never….great going to all of the courageous people who made this happen, and screw the Mormon church!

  27. Drew2u says:

    How long until radioactive waters from Fukushima are blamed on “The gays getting married in Hawaii!” ?

  28. Ninja0980 says:

    Congrats Hawaii!!!
    Only bad thing is Jo Jordan will get to enjoy the marriage equality rights she was willing to deny for others,and all because of a political grudge.

  29. The_Fixer says:

    Congratulatins, Hawaii!

    Although it;s the right thing, and although I know it should have been done worldwide a long time ago, it still amazes me that this is happening.

  30. BeccaM says:

    At the moment, it’s also nearly 60% of New Mexico that currently recognizes same sex marriages — with the odds leaning strongly in favor of a positive pro-gay NM Supreme Court ruling to make it statewide.

  31. Ken Clark says:

    Here’s hoping New Mexico beats December 2nd to be 15th!!

  32. Jordan Petersen says:

    Meanwhile Indiana is about to scrap their gay marriage ban. :) Outside the USA, we have Scotland, Finland, Ireland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Malta moving towards marriage equality rapidly. Awesome stuff!

  33. ldfrmc says:

    Six states in one year: DE, MN, RI, MD, IL, HI. Come-on NM, you still have time.

    Those six are where 43% of the US population lives. Any combo of 2 eastern states could put it over 50%!

  34. Ooh that would have been fun. Would you have done it, so impromptu? Some spouses like to plan very intricate weddings :)

  35. usagi says:

    Darn, we’ll just miss being able to get married on the beach this trip.

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