Friday, November 15, 2013

134.1 - Good news: Marriage equality advances in Hawai'i

Good news: Marriage equality advances in Hawai'i

Updated Let's start off very quickly with some good news.

Last week, I reported that Illinois was about to become the 15th state to recognize same-sex marriage. Turns out I may have been wrong - it may be the 16th state.

On November 8, Hawaii's House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, paving the way for anticipated final passage in the Senate sometime this week.

Governor Neil Abercrombie has indicated he would swiftly sign the measure into law - meaning that depending on schedules, Hawai'i could achieve marriage equality before Illinois does.

As currently drafted, the Hawai'i bill would take effect on December 2.

A year ago, only six states and the District of Columbia recognized same-sex marriage. Now, within weeks, there will be 16.

I also have good news about the growing protests, strikes, and civil disobedience aimed at Wal-Mart, actions that are starting to have an impact, but I lack the time to talk much about that today. More soon.

Update: The bill has passed in Hawai'i and Gov. Abercrombie has already signed it. So Land o' Lincoln will be #16. Which, when you think about it, is sort of appropriate.


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