This is history! After decades of activism, people on Monday lined up after the clock struck midnight to take advantage of Hawaii’s new same-sex marriage law that passed earlier this year. Six couples exchanged vows in front of their friends and families, while more couples watched and anxiously waited for their historical and most cherished moment.
The newlyweds include Donna Gedge and Monica Montgomery (together for 35 years and counting), Paul Perry and Gary Bradley (11 years), Saralyn and Isajah Morales (four years), Shaun Campbell and Tony Singh (five years), Richard J. Rosehill and Shawna P. Okami (32 years) and Keola Akana and Ethan Wung (six years). Each couple provided their own officiant.
“We have lived our lives as first-class citizens who are law-abiding, taxpaying, and contributing members of the community,” said Gedge and Montgomery in a prepared statement. “Yet we are legally recognized as second-class citizens as we do not have Federal rights. Getting married means that we will have the first-class legal status as well as the rights and benefits that only marriage will afford us.”
Hawaii’s marriage laws permit same-sex couples to register for a license and be married the same day. This process applies to tourists who are only briefly in the state to partake. Hawaii was the 15th state along with the District of Columbia to legalize gay marriage.
Congrats to the newlyweds in Hawaii. May every state move forward to recognize that whether a same-sex couple or not, everyone deserves the right to be happy.