Hawaii Lawmakers OK Gay Marriage
That means 16 states will soon allow same-sex couples to wed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2013 6:04 PM CST
Gay-marriage supporters rally outside the Hawaii Capitol in Honolulu ahead of the Senate vote.   (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

(Newser) – The US is about to have 16 states in which gay marriage is legal. Hawaii's state Senate today approved the legislation and sent it to the governor for his promised signature, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The 19-4 vote means that same-sex couples could wed as early as Dec. 2, a move that could set up the state nicely to be a destination wedding locale, notes AP. Hawaii's vote follows similar action last week in Illinois. That bill also is awaiting the governor's promised signature. "I've always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder," said President Obama in a statement after the vote. In addition to the 16 states, DC also allows gay marriage. Is New Mexico next?

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Nov 13, 2013 3:25 PM CST
Most of them have settled in the town "Kumon'iwan'alay'a.
Nov 13, 2013 1:07 PM CST
I believe that everyone has a right to their own opinion and to stand up for what they believe in. We live in America where there is freedom, so if gay people want to get married then they should have that right. Although, I am against same-sex marriage, I believe that all should be able to be happy, have their rights, and to stand up for what they believe in. God gave us a choice to either follow him or not. God does not make anybody do anything that they do not want to do. The Lord just told his people to watch and pray and that is exactly what I do. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and perspectives. I respect theirs and they should respect mine.
Nov 12, 2013 7:16 PM CST
Make no mistake, Hawai'i did it for the money.