Hawaii Becomes the 15th State to Legalize Gay Marriage
Matt | On 13, Nov 2013
Hawaii took an important step in its history on Wednesday afternoon when it became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the bill into law that recently passed the Hawaii House of Representatives and Senate.
Even President Barack Obama, a native of the state, had something to say about the move:
“I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder. And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those in Hawaii whose families will now be given the security and respect they deserve,” the president said in a written statement.
The tourism industry in the state stands to benefit handily from the change in law. Hawaii is already a popular wedding and honeymoon destination that can now offer another step in the marital process. According to ABC News, a University of Hawaii researcher estimated that the state will gain $217 million in revenue over the next three years from the approval of same-sex unions.
Same-sex couples will be allowed to wed in the state beginning December 2.
Photo credit: Oskar Garcia, AP