The Hawaii state Senate on Tuesday voted to legalize marriage equality, making Hawaii the 15th state to extend equal marriage rights to gay couples.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a vocal supporter of marriage equality who called lawmakers to a special session specifically to vote on the measure, has said he will sign the bill, which will take effect on Dec. 2.
"This is nothing more than the expansion of aloha in Hawaii," said Sen. J. Kalani English, a Democrat who voted in favor of the measure.
Senators passed the bill 19-4 with two lawmakers excused, according to the Associated Press.