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Aloha Marriage!

Aloha Marriage!

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 6:06pm
Today the Hawaii Senate cast the final vote needed to advance the marriage bill to the desk of the governor, who will sign in the next day or two, sealing Hawaii's position as the 16th state with the freedom to marry. This brings to a close an intense two-and-a-half week special session, which included the longest hearing in Hawaii's legislative history (over 55 hours of testimony were heard by the House Judiciary and Finance Committees). And this is the culmination of a more than 20-year journey, which began in 1990 when three couples filed a lawsuit seeking marriage equality. While the lead plaintiff in that lawsuit, Ninia Baehr, now lives in Montana (where she is the deputy director of the ACLU of Montana, continuing her work for LGBT rights), today's historic vote will have a deep impact on couples across the state of Hawaii, a few of whom have shared their stories here.
Three New Marriage States in Two Weeks – All Eyes Are On You, Illinois!

Three New Marriage States in Two Weeks – All Eyes Are On You, Illinois!

By Selene Kaye, ACLU at 10:34am

Yesterday, Minnesota became the 12th state in the country to approve a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. This comes on the heels of Rhode Island and Delaware approving freedom to marry laws in the last two weeks, and historic victories at the…

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