Waikiki ceremony among first same-sex marriages in Hawaii

Published On: Dec 02 2013 05:29:16 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 02 2013 09:07:34 PM HST

A moment decades in the making.  Six couples, six cakes and a combined 87 years of waiting for one day.

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Dec. 2, 2013 -- the day this community struggled and fought for -- finally here.

Donna Gedge and Monica Montgomery say they're finally free.

"I felt pretty darn emotional, like I wanted to cry," said Gedge.

The couple's been together for 35 years.  Discriminated against by some of their family, all they wanted was to be treated equally.  A feeling they were beginning to think was never going to happen.

"We're just regular people and we're going to be treated like regular people by most people now that we're legal," said Gedge.

Paul Perry and Gary Bradley know the feeling.  The newlyweds are relieved the fight is over.

"Just the years of constant battle and the hate that people have is really unfortunate, but we're happy that the state has stepped up and has given us the equality that's deserved for everybody," said Bradley.

And now these married couples can look to the future.

"Now we can start our family and we'll be protected and won't have to worry about that," said Saralyn Batt.

"Not only is it a new day in Hawaii, it's an era of acceptance, love and justice for everyone," said Michael Golojuch Jr. of Honolulu Pride.

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