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Congratulations to Hawaii, where same-sex marriages commenced shortly after midnight on December 2, 2013, when the state's marriage equality law took effect.
As Oskar Garcia reports for the Associated Press, six couples were the first to exchange vows at a Waikiki resort in front of a few hundred guests. Later in the evening dozens of others wed there on the 30th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki.
Elsewhere in Honolulu, an openly gay Unitarian minister wed his partner of 15 years in a ceremony attended by clergy who pushed for the new marriage law and Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called last month's special legislative session that passed the bill.
Hawaii helped begin the national gay marriage discussion more than two decades ago when a same-sex couple was denied a marriage license, leading to a court fight that eventually helped prompt Congress to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Part of that law, which stipulated that marriage was between a man and woman, was struck down earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Honolulu Pride Chairman Michael Golojuch Jr., said at the Sheraton "We started this battle [for marriage equality] 23 years ago and we get to finish it tonight."
Inasmuch as tourism is the lifeblood of Hawaii, it is not coincidental that the new law allows couples to register for a license and be married the same day, a process that is especially convenient for tourists. Couples can also sign up for a license online then be verified by any license agent throughout the state.
Below is a video from the Daily Mail reporting on the Hawaii nuptials.