Where: Maui, Hawai’i
What’s it about: Legal union (but not a full marriage) between two men or two women
How to: Contact the Hawai’i Gay Marriage bureau to apply for a gay marriage
Bonus: Enjoy a ‘honeymoon’ in the world’s No. 1 honeymoon destination
Hawai’i has always been one of the most liberal states in the USA both politically and socially (so much so that Republican presidential candidates don’t even bother campaigning there). This diverse society, often referred to as a ‘rainbow’ mix of Asian, European and Pacific island heritage has always had a strong and deep sense of tolerance.
Same sex unions have been legal in the state of Hawai’i since the early 1990’s, though the legal battle to reach that point was long and fierce and continues to be a hot election issue. The acceptance of ‘Gay Unions’ makes Hawai’i the only other place in the USA aside from Vermont and the city of San Francisco that recognizes them.
These are not actually official weddings but are recognized for inheritance purposes and other legal matters (many other states however do not recognize these unions performed in Hawai’i) and rings are exchanged and vows are read just like in a heterosexual wedding. The most popular location for same sex unions is Maui.
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By Dave Lowe