Nikki and Sue’s beautiful HI wedding

When Nikki and Sue declared their love for each other in their beautiful ceremony, neither Hawaii nor their home state of New Jersey extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples - now, both states do.

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IN THE NEWS: Reflecting on 2013, and looking ahead to 2014

In the past few weeks, discussion about the freedom to marry has thrived in some of the country's most widely read publications - and Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson has been on hand to answer questions, offer insight, and provide perspective on this historic year.

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Same-sex couples begin marrying in Hawaii as the freedom to marry takes effect

This morning, December 2, the freedom to marry took effect in Hawaii, allowing same-sex couples across the state to finally share in the joys of marriage.

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President Obama applauds Hawaii’s approval of the freedom to marry

Last night, shortly after the Hawaii Senate granted final approval to the marriage bill that has been dated in the state over this month's three-week Special Session, President Barack Obama issued a statement applauding the decision.

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The freedom to marry in Hawaii: A Victory 20 years in the making

On this historic day, we take a look at the far-reaching influence of that very first win in HI 20 years ago, tracking how it has shaped the marriage movement – and how it worked as a catalyst for the strategic vision of Freedom to Marry.

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HI House Committees advance marriage bill to full House floor

Last night, after listening to five straight days of testimony, much from opponents of the freedom to marry who have attempted to stall the lawmaking process, the Hawaii House Committees on Judiciary and Finance voted overwhelmingly in favor of the freedom to marry.

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WATCH: Soldier from Hawaii submits video testimony about why marriage matters

Bryan Kawika La Madrid, an active duty soldier from Hawaii, is currently stationed in Texas, having previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He couldn't be at the hearings to testify about why marriage matters to him - but he took the time this week to record a sweet video about why he wants Hawaii to pass the marriage bill.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Tracking the impact of the freedom to marry on Hawaii

This week, The Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles published a new infographic analyzing how extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Hawaii would impact the state.

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Hawaii Senate approves the freedom to marry; bill moves to House

Today, October 30, the Hawaii Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Hawaii. Now, the bill will be placed before the House, beginning tomorrow morning.

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Hawaii Senate committee advances marriage bill to full floor vote

Yesterday, October 28, a key Hawaii committee voted to advance a bill to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Hawaii. The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee voted 5-2 to send the bill to the full Senate, where a vote is expected this week.

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