Hawaii Senate Legalizes Gay Marriage, Twitter Sends Congrats

Hawaii Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill

The Hawaii Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to legalize gay marriage, and Twitter users immediately sent their congratulations to the state. With the passage, the US now has 16 states, including the District of Columbia that allow same-sex marriage.

While there were some detractors and (as always) trolls responding to the news, the social media site was generally happy about the news, and sent the topic trending quickly.

Here’s what some users had to say:

Still, not everyone was happy with the news, including one user, who suggested the Hawaiian Senate legalized gay marriage just for the tourism:

The passage of the same-sex marriage law was expected, and the state Senate spent 12 hours debating the bill before taking a vote, which ended with 19 voting for, four against, and two lawmakers excused. Cheers erupted from inside and outside the gallery when the results of the vote were announced.

The vote was the second on the bill for the Senate because of changes made in the House, where the bill was changed some, then passed as well. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session to debate the bill, already voiced his support for gay marriage. He added that he will sign the measure, which will allow thousands of gay couples in the state, plus even more tourists, marry starting December 2.

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Melissa Stusinski
Melissa grew up in the Seattle area, but moved to Indiana to attend Anderson University in 2005 and was editor at the school's Literary Arts Magazine for two years. When she isn't focused on writing, Melissa enjoys working on cars, gaming, and exploring new places. [Contact: Melissa@socialnewsdaily.com]


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