Noted anti-LGBT Hawaiian State Representative Bob McDermott has been speaking up against the state's middle school sex education curriculum, and it was announced last week that his attempts to change the program have succeeded.
The president had quite a few words of praise for Hawaii, which earlier this week became the 16th state to welcome marriage equality. PinkNews, Gay Star News, LGBT Weekly, and The Huffington Post are among the many sources sharing his message.
After hours upon hours of testimony from Hawaii citizens, and debate the Hawaii House has passed marriage equality. The legislation passed a concurrance vote in the Senate, and is onto Governor Neil Abercrombie, who has said he will sign the bill into law.
The Hawaii state Senate helped move Hawaii closer to marriage equality. With a vote of 20-4 in favor of marriage equality, the bill now moves to the full House for a hearing and a vote that will be much closer than the Senate vote.
The Ninth Circuit Court will hear marriage equality cases from Nevada and Hawaii after district courts in those states declared that the bans on marriage equality were constitutional. A multitude of public figures, including Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, submitted legal briefs to the court in support of marriage equality.