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Hawaii Lawmakers Introduce Gay Marriage Bill

·By civilbeat

From our Capitol Watch blog:

A coalition of civil rights organizations on Friday (Jan. 25) welcomed the introduction of an initiative to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in Hawaii.

Hawaii United for Marriage says the introduction of Senate Bill 1369 is in the “spirit of President Barack Obama’s inaugural message echoing the words of our Founding Fathers.”

The bill would recognize marriages between same-sex couples and extend “the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive.”

Marriage licenses would be permitted beginning Dec. 2, 2013, but solemnization ceremonies would not be