Hawaii same sex couples say "I Do"UPDATED 7:53 PM HST Dec 02, 2013Video Transcript
same-sex wedding in Hawaii took place very early this morning. KITV 4's Paul Drewes has highlights from this milestone marriage ceremony.. Nat of singing@ 21:18 "going to the chapel and we're gonna get married" it was a wedding filled with song, smiles and even a few laughs. chris@28:58-29:06 "I fell in love with you when I realized we both stole hotel soaps and pineapple juice from airline lounges" But this was a first for the reverend Dr. Jonipher Kwong, even though he had officiated dozens of weddings with the Unitarian Church. He along with his fiance Chris Nelson were the first same-sex couple to get married in Hawaii. rep. Ing @19:34-19:47 "As I look at Jonipher and chris I see the start of a new era of aloha, a more equal chapter in Hawaii history but most of all I just see two people in love" nat@23:12-23:22 "you are about to do something that even in 15 years of being together you have not done and until recently you could not do" nats of other people singing and holding hands@6:42 Many shared their joy for this happy couple, and for others who have waited years even decades to get married in Hawaii. gov@8:47 "At this time at this place, a more humane world will come into being" 33:10-33:20 "shalom, may the eternal one show you kindness and grant you peace...masel tov dr. Kwong@36:35 "we feel great...it feels like the completion of a very long journey" For the state, this wedding was just the start. After midnight, two dozen couples filed their completed marriage ceremonies with the Department of Health for certification. While more than a dozen more submitted marriage applications online. State personnel say there were no problems with the changes made to the DOH website and after this initial rush to tie the knot from Hawaii residents, they are bracing for an increase in weddings with visitors. keith@5:21-5:34 "We do anticipate a larger number of people coming forward from out of state to marry in hawaii, as our traditional marriage are more predominantly visitors than people from Hawaii" Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. There were other same-sex ceremonies taking place after midnight at other locations, including a group ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki. By the end of the today, the department of health reported 46 same-sex couples tied the knot and another 133 applied to get married.