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Hawaii makes it 15 – Governor signs marriage bill the day after its passage

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Hawaii became the 15th state to offer equal marriage rights to Gay and Lesbian couples when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed its new marriage law in a televised ceremony on November 13. The previous day, Hawaii’s Senate approved the House version of the bill by a 19-4 margin. The Senate had previously passed its own marriage bill on October 30, but the House added amendments that the other body was required to approve. ‘In Hawaii, we believe in fairness, justice, and human equality,’ Abercrombie said on November 12, after the Senate passed the bill. ‘Today, we celebrate our diversity defining us rather than dividing us.’ Under the terms of the new law, same-sex marriages can begin on December 2. Already a destination for mainlanders wanting to marry and honeymoon in a tropical setting, Hawaii is now poised to become a Gay marriage Mecca. According to the Associated Press,

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