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Obama praises Hawaii for supporting marriage equality

'With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law'
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeting two young visitors at the White House
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Immediately after the Hawaii State Senate passed a revised same-sex marriage bill, President Barack Obama issued a statement applauding his home state.

'With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law,' Obama said in a statement.

'Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger,' he continued. 'By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation.'

The president added he's 'always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder.'

Today's vote came four days after the bill was passed by the state's House of Representatives. Governor Neil Abercrombie will make the the legislation law, with his signature, on Wednesday (13 November).

Hawaii is now the 16th US state where gay marriage is legal. Illinois, the state where First Lady Michelle Obama was born, approved marriage equality last week.

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