Gov. Abercrombie signs same sex marriage bill into lawUPDATED 6:58 PM HST Nov 13, 2013Video Transcript
can oppose it ... But as of today Hawaii law says you MUST recognize it. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Hawaii .. Good evening, I'm Yunji De Nies. And I'm Paula Akana. The movement that started in Hawaii so many years ago has now come full circle... KITV-4's Catherine Cruz was there for today's landmark moment and joins us live... Catherine? So many people played a part in the fight over the years and earned a place at the table today. Those who could not be there in person, were there certainly in spirit cheering the crowd on. - Nats governor signs and says DONE!! With that, marriage equality in Hawaii is now on the books. Hawaii law. One of three couples who initially sued for those rights more than 20 years ago was overcome with joy. - Tape 1 Genora Dancel 52: 32 - 52: 45 - "This is a huge accomplishment for me personally and I that this will make this a better place for everyone to live in. I believe that," Dancel's former partner Ninia Behr couldnt be here but Behrs niece was proud to represent her. - Tape 1 Halie Behr - Gutierrez 53:48 - 53:57 - "I am very thrilled as I have recently become a member of the gay community as well, to know my family in a small way, pioneered the way for others," And for a young girl born to a two mommy family, it may have been the greatest 14th birthday present ever. - 14th b-day Shylar Young 1:04: 43 - 1:04:49 - It means alot to me and my family. and not just our families but for families like ours. Families no longer invisible, no longer outsiders... now part of a movement marching forward. - Tambry Young 1: 5:21 We were married in 2009 Today we really feel we are part of the country" And the lawyers who helped fight the tide were no less proud of what was accomplished today. Tape 2 Evan Wolfson "Freedom to Marry" 54:39- 54:56 - "I was co-counsel on the case that launched this global movement with Dan Foley so it's very sweet now we hweave to bring aloha and justice that we saw today in Hawaii to the entire United States" - :Matt Matsunaga 59:36 -59:49 -"It is an amazing day we had hoped this day would come sooner than 16 years later but it's finally here and we are grateful for all the work of people who made it a reality," Tim Earhart, who has been ministering to gays for more than 40 years in Hawaii could hardly believe this day has come... - Tim Earhart Dignity Honolulu 58:02 - 58:10 - "This is one of the most important days of my life. I am just elated! Just elated! I'm so happy" You might say--he and others are simply "over the rainbow." The governor hopes now the fiery rhetoric of the last three weeks will be toned down. Let the dust settle he says--- The bill goes into effect Dec. 2nd. Back to you.