It's official: First same-sex couple marries in Hawaii

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:29:30 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 02 2013 10:53:52 PM HST

Newlyweds made history just after midnight Monday, as the first same-sex wedding in Hawaii took place.

It was a wedding filled with song, smiles and a few laughs.

Click here to watch Paul Drewes' report.

"I fell in love with you when I realized we both stole hotel soaps and pineapple juice from airline lounges," said Chris Nelson, half of the newlywed couple.

But this was a first for the Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong, even though he had officiated dozens of weddings with the Unitarian Church.

He, along with his fiance, Nelson, were the first same-sex couple to get married in Hawaii.

Many shared in the happy couple's joy, and in the joy of others who have waited years, even decades, to get married in Hawaii.

"At this time, at this place, a more humane world will come into being," said Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

"We feel great. It feels like the completion of a very long journey," Kwong said.

For the state, this wedding was just the start.

After midnight, two dozen couples filed their completed marriage ceremonies with the Department of Health for certification. More than a dozen more submitted marriage applications online.

State personnel said there were no problems with the changes made to the DOH website and after the initial rush to tie the knot from Hawaii residents, they are bracing for an increase in weddings with visitors.

"We do anticipate a larger number of people coming forward from out of stor aate to marry in Hawaii, as our traditional marriage are more predominantly visitors than people from Hawaii," said Keith Yamamoto, deputy director of the Hawaii Department of Health.


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