Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate

Published On: Nov 14 2013 12:24:21 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 14 2013 06:50:49 AM HST

After Hawaii's same-sex marriage bill was signed into law many involved in the fight for equal rights celebrated the milestone moment.

"It is time for celebration, time for reflection, time for us to reach out to our communities and ask them to accept people. Accept our gay brothers and sisters, that is what we hope will happen," said Lois Perrin, with ACLU Hawaii.

Some who came out to Hula's in Waikiki for a celebration Wednesday evening said they finally felt accepted.

"Now it feels like we are part of one whole community, instead of two separate communities," said Makakilo resident Isaac Mureno.

The fight for marriage equality has been a long one. It started over 20 years ago. The battle not only took place in Hawaii but also spread to the rest of the nation.

Joining in the fight were thousands in favor the measure -- including many who shared their support at the State Capitol.

"This year was the year. Mainly thanks to all the people who testified boldly in the face in the not-so-friendly crowd. They just fought and stood up to champion equal rights for all," said Hawaii Rep. Kaniela Ing.

That equality could also provide a boost to Hawaii businesses involved in weddings, and also those involved in tourism.

"Because of what Hawaii did you are going to get more Australian couples who are going to come here to get married. So, of course, it is going to increase the economy," said Australian resident Lachelle Uzcateguigaymon.

At the celebration in Waikiki, couples shared drinks and danced together as they and their friends looked forward to the future.

"Thursday morning we have to wait to see how Judge Sakamoto rules on the temporary restraining order (TRO) hearing. After that I think it will be smooth sailing. Then on Dec. 2 people will be able to get their marriage licensesand we will have equality in the state. It will be a great day," said Blake Oshiro, Governor Abercrombie's Deputy Director.

The TRO hearing is an effort by same-sex marriage opponents to stop gay marriages from happening until a trial is held over the 1998 constitutional amendment. In that amendment, Hawaii residents voted that a marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman.

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