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Gay Man Murdered, Hawaii Makes gay marriage legal, News Anchor quitting
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Gay Marriage: Rep. Kaniela Ing Managing Backlash and Threat
Hawaii special session: Signing ceremony for SB1 marriage equality. – expression808.com | eXpression! Magazine Hawaii.
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Hawaii Passes Gay Marriage Bill
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Gay Marriage Has Final Vote In Hawaii Seante
The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage on Tuesday, the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session …
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I'd Rather Die than Accept Gay Marriage
State of Hawaii's Police Union President, Tenari Ma'afala says that he'd rather be killed than accept gay marriage in Hawaii OnKneesforJesus.blogspot.com.
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Same-sex marriage is legally recognized in several jurisdictions within the United States and is recognized by the federal government for such purposes as taxation and immigration. As of November 2013[update], fourteen states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington), the District of Columbia, several counties in New Mexico, and seven Native American tribal jurisdictions[n 1] covering 33% of the US population issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage will soon be legalized in Illinois, but will not take effect until June 2014. Oregon recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states. The issue is being litigated in a New Mexico Supreme Court case, where officials are seeking a ruling of statewide applicability.
While several jurisdictions have legalized same-sex civil marriage through court rulings, legislative action, and popular vote, six states prohibit same-sex civil marriage by statute and 29 prohibit it in their constitutions. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), enacted in 1996, allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed under the laws of other states. Section 3 of DOMA prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages until that provision was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor.
The movement to obtain marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples in the United States began in the 1970s, but became more prominent in U.S. politics in 1993 when the Hawaii Supreme Court declared the state’s prohibition to be unconstitutional in Baehr v. Lewin. During the 21st century, public support for same-sex civil marriage has grown considerably, and national polls conducted since 2011 show that its legalization is supported by a majority of Americans. On May 9, 2012, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to publicly declare support for the legalization of same-sex civil marriage. On November 6, 2012, Maine, Maryland, and Washington became the first states to legalize same-sex civil marriage through popular vote.
The legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage in the United States are determined by the nation’s federal system of government, in which the status of a person (including marriage) in general is determined by the individual states. Prior to 1996, the federal government did not define marriage; any marriage recognized by a state was recognized by the federal government, even if that marriage was not recognized by one or more other states (as was the case with interracial marriage before 1967 due to anti-miscegenation laws). With the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, a marriage was explicitly defined in federal law as a union of one man and one woman.
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Hawaii Set To Legalize Gay Marriage
Wednesday evening, the Hawaii Senate passed marriage equality by a remarkable 20-4 vote as part of a special session convened primarily for that purpose. The…
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HONOLULU (Reuters) – Hawaii, which had a pioneering role in the acceptance of same-sex matrimony in the United States two decades ago, could become the 15th state to extend marriage rights to gay couples when state lawmakers meet this week for a special session.
Governor Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, has called the session to start on Monday to debate a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.
“I think Hawaii has always celebrated its sense of Aloha for one another,” Abercrombie said in a telephone interview. “This is a question of equity.”
In 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled it was discriminatory to deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.
But rather than pave the way for a gay marriage law, the ruling prompted a conservative backlash. In 1998, Hawaiian voters approved a state constitutional amendment that limited the right to marry to heterosexual couples.
The tide has begun to turn under Abercrombie, who was elected in 2010. He signed a same-sex civil unions bill into law in 2011 and has been a vocal proponent of gay marriage since then.
“To win now through the political process in Hawaii would show just how far public opinion in our nation has evolved, and how quickly,” said Jon Davidson, legal director at Lambda Legal, which promotes gay civil rights. “It would demonstrate that … allowing same-sex couples the same right to marry that different-sex couples cherish only provides greater joy and security to more families, and harms no one.”
Just one year ago, only six states and the District of Columbia recognized same-sex marriage.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory for gay rights by forcing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where it is legal and paving the way for gay marriage in California.
But the court did not endorse a fundamental right for gay people to marry, leaving the issue to be decided on a state-by-state basis, at least for now. Same-sex couples and gay rights organizations now have 36 lawsuits pending in 20 states, according to Davidson.
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Hawaii lawmakers are making a special trip to the Capitol on Monday to decide whether to legalize gay marriage.
The session was called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democratic supporter of same-sex marriage who said last month that he wanted lawmakers to focus squarely on this important issue.
The measure before lawmakers is the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013. Its based on earlier proposed legislation and includes a religious-freedom provision clarifying that unless a religious organization allows use of its facilities or grounds by the general public for weddings for a profit, such organization shall not be required to make its facilities or grounds available for solemnization of any marriage celebration.
The legislation is expected to easily pass the Senate and appears to have enough votes to clear the House, according to Hawaii News Now,which says the margin could be tight in the lower chamber. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.
Same-sex marriage is legal in 14 states, plus the District of Columbia. The Supreme Courts June ruling in U.S. v. Windsor has touched off a wave of new lawsuitstargeting state laws restricting marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
New Jersey became the latest state to join that list after Gov. Chris Christie this month abandoned his states long-shot challenge to a lower-court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Meanwhile, a federal judge ruled this month that a lawsuit contesting Michigans ban on same-sex marriage would go to trial in February.
The island state that helped make gay marriage a national discussion could be the next state to legalize it after more than two decades.
Many credit a Hawaii case that started in 1990 with prompting action in courts, statehouses and Congress, leading to the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 that was eventually struck down this year by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Now, a special session starting Monday could make Hawaii the newest state to formally legalize gay marriage, a move proponents say would finish the job and exemplify the state’s fabled aloha spirit while granting equality and spurring tourism.
Opponents have taken up many fronts. Some argue that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Others say the matter should go to a vote, not be rushed outside the regular legislative calendar.
For Dr. Allan Wang, a 56-year-old Hawaii doctor, the issue is about being treated fairly.
“It’s unfair that our amazing relationship which we’ve been together over 33 years our amazing relationship cannot be acknowledged,” Wang said, sitting next to his partner, Tom Humphreys, a longtime molecular biology professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Wang and Humphreys, 77, married in California in July, one month after entering a civil union in Hawaii and after decades of pressing for gay marriage in the state. Humphreys said they were effectively forced to marry outside Hawaii after he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and told he had only a short time to live.
They married exactly one week after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, granting federal benefits to legally married gay couples. Congress had passed the act in 1996 as part of a growing backlash to a case from Hawaii at the time, after a couple tried to apply for a marriage license in 1990.
Differences between civil unions and full-fledged marriage have been a key part of the debate in Hawaii. A lawsuit pending in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that gay couples should be allowed to marry and shouldn’t have to settle for civil unions.
In calling the special session that begins Monday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie said passing gay marriage would help resolve the lawsuit and put Hawaii in line with Supreme Court rulings, which don’t apply to couples in civil unions.
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