History made in Hawaii as same-sex marriage legalizedUPDATED 7:05 PM HST Nov 13, 2013Video Transcript
On to our other top story tonight. The ink has just dried on a very important document. Governor Neil Abercrombie signing the Marriage Equality Bill, following weeks of public debate. Today's signing makes Hawaii the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage. KITV4's Paul Drewes with what this means for Hawaii business- but first we send to Catherine Cruz who was inside that invite only ceremony- with a breakdown of the history that was made today. In the crowd today-- so many who had a hand in what is now law of the land in the islands. And in the words of the governor after today--there are so many more who will no longer be "invisible." Three weeks of high political drama came down to this. - TAPE 1 GOV 47 :14 -47:49 - Allow me to sign with this koa pen and sign fully and completely you will all approve that I intend to give this pen to Judge Levinson." applause ... DONE! Homage to the former Hawaii Supreme applause ... DONE! Homage to the former Hawaii Supreme court justice who sided with a same-sex couple two decades ago. But only today, could same-sex marriage supporters celebrate marriage equality. They did so in an almost hour-long ceremony savoring the enormity of the moment ... - Tape 1 Chris Lee 24: 242- 24:48 - "People criticize the timing but It is never the wrong time to do the right thing," This would be a time of tears and cheers. Full of hope and featuring a story of a lesbian couple trying to enroll their child in school---rejected by one -- then accepted by another. - Tape 2 Clayton Hee 21:15 -21:23 - "She said I told the lady up front we are a two- mommy family and the lady at Sacred Hearts said your daughter is welcomed here," For 14-year old Skylar Young this would be a birthday to remember. Her two-mommy family is no longer invisible ... No different than any other family in the eyes of the state. - 14th b-day Skylar 1:04: 43 -1:04:49 - It means a lot to me and my family. and not just our families but for families like ours" For Genora Dancel one of the three original couples who sued the state for marriage equality in 1997, today marked a finish line and a mission impossible-- accomplished. - 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" Strong convictions prompted that first challenge here in hawaii and started the talk-- now finally the opportunity-- to walk the walk. Paula? Catherine-- what about the legal challenge filed by opponents. How soon will that be heard? If you recall Judge Karl Sakamoto would not issue a restraining order asked for by Rep. Bob Mcdermott but said he would hear arguements once the bill was signed. That hearing is set for 8: 15 tomorrow morning. The state attorney general today was very confident it would be thrown out.