Hawaii Becomes The 15th Marriage Equality State!

Denae Rivera, Reporter

In Honolulu on November 8, 2013 Hawaii’s state legislature voted on allowing same sex marriage. Signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie was a bill legalizing gay marriage in Hawaii which is now the fifteenth state approved. This kicked off a national discussion that has been an issue for more than two decades. For years gay and lesbian couples have been trying to file for marriage licenses at the Hawaii Health Department. All those times they have been denied. Once the couples got denied they filed suit arguing that Hawaii was violating its constitutional “Equal Protection Clause.”  Here is what it states in that exact part of the constitution of Hawaii:

DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION

Section 5.  No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of the person’s civil rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of race, religion, sex or ancestry.

[Ren and am Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978] (http://hawaii.gov/lrb/con/conart1.html)

After years and years of waiting Hawaii is now onboard for marriage equality. On December 2nd, 2013 same sex couples in Hawaii will be able to wed.