Obama praises Hawaii for supporting marriage equality

For the second time in a week, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulate a US state for making gay marriage legal

Obama praises Hawaii for supporting marriage equality
13 November 2013

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.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Aussie MPs doubtful about gay marriage

Debate in Australian parliament indicates there is not enough support to pass same-sex marriage bill
No thumbnail available

Olympic legend Greg Louganis and fiance use wedding registry to raise money for causes

They also seek cash for honeymoon volunteering at a leopard sanctuary
This stained glass window can charge your phone

This stained glass window can charge your phone

Dutch designer gives solar power's aesthetic a serious overhaul
No thumbnail available

Russia region to repeal ‘gay propaganda’ law

While the federal law will still stand in Arkhangelsk, repealing the law could aid a court battle at the European Court of Human Rights
No thumbnail available

Ireland senator opens up about struggle to accept gay son: 'I cried for weeks'

Eamonn Coghlan is now rallying support for the gay marriage referendum
No thumbnail available

Chris Colfer's children's book to debut at #1

Glee star's The Land of Stories to top New York Times best seller list
Rule your own kingdom from these beautiful castles

Rule your own kingdom from these beautiful castles

Bring Game of Thrones to life – minus the dragons, drawbridges and vengeful queens
No thumbnail available

Wives of gay men in China speak out about ‘tragic lives’

An online community called ‘Tong Qi’ is giving voice to the wives of gay men
No thumbnail available

Obama's support of gay marriage gets strong reaction from both sides

US president's historic stance is praised and criticised
No thumbnail available

No coming out for Queen Latifah

 Queen Latifah  swats away coming out rumors