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 allowed until Jan. 1, 2014.
“The freedom to choose the person with whom we commit to share our life is a basic human right,” said Hawaii United for Marriage partner Lois Perrin, Legal Director of the ACLU of Hawaii. “Marriage protects and provides for families with security and benefits defined by law in ways that civil unions do not. Hawaii must stand with our President and recognize that now is the time to treat all our families with the respect, dignity, and equality.”
Virgin America, recently acquired by Alaska Air, expanded its Honolulu service Thursday with daily flights to and from Los Angeles. Virgin will add flights between LAX and Kahului-Maui in June.
Sine Die At Hawaii Legislature
The House and Senate will conclude the 2016 session Thursday. Civil Beat will be there and reporting on the happenings.
KCC Chancellor Richards To Retire
Following a series of campus no confidence votes, University of Hawaii System leaders announced Wednesday that Kapiolani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards will step down after KCC’s May 15 commencement.