"This is nothing more than the expansion of aloha in Hawaii"
-Hawaii State Sen. Kalani English
Kudos to Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. It was Hawaii that started the gay marriage debate in 1990 when two women applied for a marriage license. That case went up to the Hawaiian Supreme Court in 1993, It was the Hawaiian Supreme Court ruling that helped fuel Congress' push for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 that banned same-sex marriage. With DOMA struck down, a special session was called by Hawaii's Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The Hawaiian House and Senate passed bills allowing same-sex marriage, and the governor signed the bill yesterday. Hawaii is the 15th state in the Union to recognize same-sex unions. And because tolerance is good business:
An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher says the law will boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years, as Hawaii becomes an outlet for couples in other states, bringing ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons to the islands.