Hawaii Rings in Speedy Start to Gay Marriages

Resorts held mass ceremonies at midnight to allow couples to take advantage of the new law

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Hawaii’s new law allowing same-sex couples to marry went into effect at midnight on Monday, and couples around the state wasted no time in tying the knot.

Just moments after midnight, resorts hosted mass ceremonies for couples to become among the first to take advantage of the new law, according to the Associated Press. The state’s marriage laws allow couples to to register for a marriage license and be married on the same day, and and license agents set up laptops at some locations to allow couples to register shortly before being married.

Because Hawaii allows for same-day marriage licenses, the state is already a tourist destination for couples getting married, and marriage tourism is expected to increase now that the new law is in effect. A University of Hawaii researcher estimated that the state will benefit to the tune of $217 million over the next three years because of the gay marriage law.

[AP]

12 comments
DanielPolar
DanielPolar

This is disgusting. There is nothing more evil than a Homosexual. Disagree with them and watch them stab you in the back, so much for freedom of expression. They can all go straight to hell.

grantmacdonald2
grantmacdonald2

Being left-handed – being black or being gay is just as natural.  It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated!   If it is love between two guys or two girls … all the better … it takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!


StanleyJames
StanleyJames

@DanielPolar thats exactly what the madman who ran germany from  1933 to 1945 did to the gays - tossed them into the ovens.  about 50000.  Wonder which right wing hate groups you  belong to

Hope your proud of yourself.

StanleyJames
StanleyJames

@DanielPolar thats exactly what hitler did to them -threw them into the ovens

Your nothing but a rotten hater who would have been a great addition to the nazi regime who mass murdered about 50 thousand gays

Not surprising though -the right  wing  racists for whom Obama is a nightmare come true are also going nuts about gays being treated equally

Your children, if they bother to go to your funeral, will take a dump on your grave

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Why does God not strike them down then ?

GiuseppeTrusbaTardini
GiuseppeTrusbaTardini

@DanielPolar I can't believe people like you still exist. Apart from the obvious narrow-mindedness of your statement (homosexuality is evil; seriously, what?), your argumentation lacks depth and intelligence. There is a world of difference between disapproving of the ostentation of "diversity" (gay prides, for example) and stating that homosexuality is outright despicable. It is not even a matter of ideology or beliefs but of common sense. And I'm writing this as an observant Catholic. 

DanielPolar
DanielPolar

@grantmacdonald2 There is nothing, nothing natural about this. You are not born that way, you choose to do what is against all creation and God.

NormanDostal
NormanDostal

Danile-like the guy said above, please die off soon-youre disgusting