Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage this week. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill on Wednesday after it was passed by the Hawaii Senate the day before. Many expected Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize gay marriage; however, Illinois’ governor has not signed the bill yet. He is expected to do so on November 20th.
“Hawaii’s gay marriage debate began in 1990 when two women applied for a marriage license, leading to a court battle and a 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court decision that said their rights to equal protection were violated by not letting them marry,” the Washington Post explained Wednesday.
FENUXE spoke to gay Hawaiian resident Cody Stewart who said, “I would say that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been a big step in continuing to show the world the Aloha Spirit; that we are all one family, and we must treat ALL people with respect and love. This is something that is ingrained in the Hawaiian culture and is still very much alive today.”