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Victory: Hawaii to become the next state with the freedom to marry

Date: 
November 12, 2013

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds the historic vote by the Hawaii Legislature to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

The Senate, who took a final vote today, had approved the bill last week and the House of Representatives last Friday. The governor, who called for a special legislative session just to consider this bill, has vowed to sign it into law. Hawaii joins 15 other states, along with Washington D.C., to afford the freedom to marry to all loving couples.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund:

"The fight for the freedom to marry for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people started in the Aloha State two decades ago. This makes today's victory all the sweeter for Hawaii families. Clearly, the national momentum for the option of marriage for same-sex couples keeps rolling-on and across our entire nation."

"We congratulate Hawaii United for Marriage on their efforts to make the 50th state the next state to have marriage equality."

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund builds the grassroots political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Task Force Action Fund does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation, and works to pass pro-LGBT legislation and other progressive initiatives. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the Task Force Action Fund are not tax-deductible.