HI House Passes Marriage Bill; Sends to Senate for Final Approval

11/9/2013

Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Media Relations Manager, Freedom to Marry
angela@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

Honolulu – Today the Hawaii House of Representatives passed a freedom to marry bill, affirming an overwhelming win in the Senate at the end of October. The bill must now return to the Senate for final passage. 

In 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court's ruling in the historic Baehr case made it the first court in the world not to rubberstamp gay couples' exclusion from marriage, holding that the denial of the freedom to marry was presumptively unconstitutional unless the government could show sufficient reason for its discrimination. The decision launched the ongoing global movement for the freedom to marry that has resulted in 15 states with the freedom to marry and national support at a solid majority, alongside 18 countries on five continents where same-sex couples can marry. 

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry and co-counsel of the historic Baehr case, released the following statement: 

“With today's vote by the Hawaii House of Representatives, we are close to bringing the freedom to marry home in the state where it all started. The historic Baehr case made the Hawaii Supreme Court the first court in the world to rule in favor of same-sex couples in 1993, the Hawaii Senate overwhelmingly approved the freedom to marry by 20-4 last week, and we will continue working with Senate leaders over the days ahead to finish the job in the legislature and get the freedom to marry bill to the governor's desk to be signed into law at long last."

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.