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Marriage Equality Begins in Hawaii as First Gay Couples Marry


45 minutes after midnight, six gay couples began exchanging their vows at the first possible moment on the 30th florr of the Sheraton Waikiki, Chad Blair of Civil Beat reports:

The newlyweds are Donna Gedge and Monica Montgomery (together for 35 years and counting), Paul Perry and Gary Bradley (11 years), Saralyn and Isajah Morales (four years), Shaun Campbell and Tony Singh (five years), Richard J. Rosehill and Shawna P. Okami (32 years) and Keola Akana and Ethan Wung (six years). Each couple had their own officiant.

"We have lived our lives as first-class citizens who are law-abiding, taxpaying, and contributing members of the community," said Gedge and Montgomery in a prepared statement. "Yet we are legally recognized as second-class citizens as we do not have Federal rights. Getting married means that we will have the first-class legal status as well as the rights and benefits that only marriage will afford us."

(image pf bentley civil beat)

Anti-Gay Activist Ties Hawaii's Same-Sex Marriage Decision To History of 'Human Trafficking': LISTEN

LopezIn a bizarre and confusing statement, anti-gay activist, 'ex-gay', and publisher-of-gay-fiction Robert Oscar Lopez compared the passage of marriage equality in Hawaii with that state's conflicted relationship to foreign adoption and "human trafficking."

It seemed as though Lopez was working off of the assumption that newly married gay couples will likely be looking to adopt from foreign nations, bringing populations into America through a process that may, in fact, be a part of some more illicit operation. How Lopez was able to get from the trade of human bodies to same-sex parents' adoption habits is less clear; he simply states, "They end up buying children overseas, regardless of if they want to call it that or not." No, Mr. Lopez, I doubt most gay parents would call it that.

Right Wing Watch reports:

“Look what they did in Hawaii, that’s a state where over sixty percent of the population is Asian-American; they’re the people who came from South Korea, from Japan, from the Philippines, countries that have a very, very controversial history with adoption,” Lopez said. “And the predominantly white Human Rights Campaign went to Hawaii and ripped apart that state, you heard the testimony, they took a state and they just ripped at their heart.”

Lopez explained that married same-sex couples “end up buying children overseas,” which “echoes what happened in the past with the world wars in Korea and Vietnam where children were bought and sold because of couples that maybe thought they were doing the right thing but sometimes were also collaborating with human trafficking.”

While his train of thought is rather difficult to follow, it is clear enough that Lopez is a damaging and damning voice in the anti-gay community.

Listen to the emphatic audio, AFTER THE JUMP...

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19 Hawaii Lawmakers Who Opposed Gay Marriage Receive Lump of Coal in the Mail: VIDEO


Late last week, all 19 House lawmakers who opposed SB1, the marriage equality bill, received lumps of coal in the mail from an anonymous sender, Hawaii News Now reports, along with a note:

"You left a piece of your heart at the State Building when you voted on SB-1..... Your lifestyle choice of judging others and ignorance is very unfortunate. Good luck in the next election."

The Hilo Medical Center's return address was on the boxes but denies any involvement with the stunt.

Watch HNN's report, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Hawaii Governor Laments 'Lonely Voice' of Gay Rep. Who Opposed Marriage Equality: AUDIO

Neil Abercrombie

Michelangelo Signorile interviewed Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie this past weekend about the legalization of gay marriage in the Aloha State. Abercrombie enthusiastically welcomed all gay couples to come to the state to celebrate their love and tie the knot, and expressed his pride at Hawaii's role in forwarding equality for gay couples, saying,

Part of the sense of Aloha that we try to live by is the sense that our diversity should define us, not divide us. Persevere in extending our humanity to one another.

When Signorile broached the topic of representative Jo Jordan, the first openly gay or lesbian legislator in the U.S. to vote against gay marriage and who did so on grounds that she didn't believe the religious protections were strong enough, Abercrombie said, 

She was a lonely voice in this. I understand it. I disagree with her. She had her reservations about [the bill] sufficient to cause her to vote no. And I'm going to take her at her word. My job now is not to seek retribution or go over the validity of what the motivation was for people’s votes, but to work with them all.

You can listen to Abercrombie and Signorile discussing representative Jordan, along with more clips from the interview, below:


Hawaii Bigot Lawmaker Bob McDermott Loses Court Challenge Intended to Halt Same-Sex Marriage


A Hawaii judge upheld the state's marriage equality law against a challenge by Rep. Bob McDermott, the AP reports:

Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto said the 1998 amendment didn't force the Legislature to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Sakamoto says it doesn't factor into lawmakers' ability to allow gay couples to wed.

"Same-sex marriage in Hawaii is legal," Sakamoto ruled after hearing arguments for more than an hour from the state attorney general and a Republican lawmaker who voted against the bill in the House last week.

McDermott claimed that most voters thought they were voting for marriage between a man and a woman in 1998, and the legislature did not have the right to decide.

The issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples will begin as planned on December 2 and ceremonies can begin that day as well.

Marriage Equality Comes to Hawaii: #TBT and 20 Years of Marriage History


It's appropriate that today is #tbt (Throw-back Thursday) because this week, marriage equality came to Hawai'i, the state where it all began, where the this long (and increasingly successful) fight for the freedom to marry we are in right now started.

BaehrOf course, that's not entirely true. The fight for the freedom to marry for the LGBT community began decades and decades ago, in small living rooms in New York and secret coffee shops in San Francisco and in the minds of a few forward-thinking law students. In the late 1960s, a gay couple asked for a marriage license in Minnesota; the Minnesota Supreme Court said no. The U.S. Supreme Court had no objection. That was a case called Baker v. Nelson and it ended in 1971, over 40 years ago! Jack Baker's and Michael McConnell's losing effort was the first salvo in the first generation of marriage cases.

The current generation of marriage cases began in Hawai'i when three same-sex couples, including Ninia Baehr and Genora Dancel (pictured, right), asked the Hawai'i Department of Health for a marriage license, arguing that they met every state requirement for marriage except for the mere fact that each person loved someone of the same sex.

What happened next was remarkable.

Follow me AFTER THE JUMP to get the rest of the story and see how what happened in Hawai'i brought us to where we are today.

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