Gay Marriages Begin in Hawaii

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Image via Passport

The Rainbow State’s rainbow colors shined even brighter yesterday as over 46 gay and lesbian couples officially tied the knot. Retired Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson, who wrote the decision in Baehr v. Lewin case that said denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the equal protection clause of the state’s constitution, was one of the first to officiate a same-sex marriage in the state. “I’ve never been happier. After a good number of civil unions over the years, I’m ecstatic to be able to officiate on Day One,” Lev­in­son told reporters before marrying Renea Stewart and Lisa Veneri at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. The first six couples to get married under the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act did so at the Sheraton Waikiki at an event hosted by several advocacy groups who worked to pass the important legislation. [FX19] [NPR] [SA]

Now that gay marriage is legal in the Aloha State, what other hotels would serve up destination-wedding perfection?


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