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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Winning More States: How 6 key states moved marriage forward this week

It's been a big week for the freedom to marry as the playing field of states working to pass marriage laws and defeat anti-gay initiatives widens more broadly than ever. Here are some of this week's highlights on how we moved forward:

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Judge who made marriage history officiates at his lesbian daughter’s wedding

As Levinson officiated his daughter's ceremony, he thought back to the conversation he shared with his daughter when she came out to him - and to his landmark ruling in support of the freedom to marry in Hawaii 20 years ago.

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Winning More States: How marriage moved forward in 8 states this week

Coming off of June's historic victories at the Supreme Court, marriage supporters are working harder than ever in more states than ever in an effort to win marriage in more states and grow public support for marriage. Here's a look at how marriage has moved forward in eight key states this month!

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Nikki & Sue in NJ: I meant every promise, I meant every word

Nikki and Sue had a beautiful ceremony promising commitment to each other in Hawaii - but it was frustrating to see that no matter how gorgeous their day was, their commitment is not legally respected by the state of Hawaii. And when they returned home to New Jersey, too, they knew that they would continue to be viewed as single.

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Hawaii Governor announces plans for special legislative session to pass marriage bill

This afternoon in Honololu, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie announced that on October 28 he will convene a special legislative session to pass a bill to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples across the state.

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HI activists urge governor to call a special session to pass marriage bill

Yesterday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser confirmed that the Hawaii legislature has enough votes to pass the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples in Hawaii!

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In Hawaii, legislators, faith leaders, and the governor say it’s time for marriage

It's been a big week for the freedom to marry in Hawaii as legislators, faith leaders, and Governor Neil Abercrombie continually sound off about the importance of passing a bill that extends the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Hawaii once and for all

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Winning More States: Where marriage stands in 4 key states this year

As we continue to celebrate the victories at the Supreme Court in June 2013, we're already hard at work on building up momentum and securing essential votes in four key state marriage campaigns. Winning these four states before the end of 2014 is an important step on the path to victory.

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Chris and Will, although legally married, face uncertainty in Hawaii

But even though Chris and Will legally married in California and now share in all the federal protections of marriage, they know that their relationship is still not granted legal respect in Hawaii, where they live now.

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