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Destination weddings just got a lot more accepting!
The perennially popular destination wedding and honeymoon state of Hawaii is set to the become the latest state in the union to legalize gay marriage. The thrilling news comes a week after Illinois lawmakers decided to green light a similar bill, and only a few weeks after New Jersey Senator Cory Booker began to legally wed gay couples in his state. While Illinois beat Hawaii to the punch by a week, Governor Pat Quinn isn't set to sign the bill until later this month. Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie, who planned make things official this morning, will make the state the 15th in the United States to legalize gay marriage, Reuters reports. Once signed, couples will be able to begin exchanging vows as early as December 2nd!
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President Obama, who was born in Hawaii, has been a strong supporter of same-sex marriage since he openly endorsed it in an interview in May 2012. As he said in a statement after the bill was passed yesterday, "Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation."
Passing the bill rescinds a 1994 statute that defines marriage as a union solely shared between a man and a woman.
We're so excited for Hawaii's in-state same-sex couples, as well as the many gay couples who flock to the islands for destination weddings and Hawaiian honeymoons. We're also anxious to see which other states follow suit; ever since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to drop the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this past June, the good news seems to keep on coming. We wouldn't be surprised if many happy couples, friends, and family members get lei'd today!