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Hawaii is now the 15th state to legalize marriage equality

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign the measure that will take effect in December


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Katie McDonough
November 13, 2013 6:29PM (UTC)

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.

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"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.

 

 


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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