Statement on dismissal of voting rights lawsuit

Case: Lathers et al. v. Abercrombie et al. Every day, the ACLU works to defend and protect civil rights, including the right to vote.  Every person’s vote is important, and every person who wants to vote should to be able to do so.  Unfortunately, many voters in the Pahoa community were prevented from exercising that […]

Hawaii Support for Marijuana Law Reform Surges

Updated opinion poll: increasing majority favors medical marijuana dispensaries, decriminalization & legalization (Honolulu, 1/31/2014) Mirroring nationwide attitudes, a newly released poll shows sharp increases in support for overhaul of Hawaii marijuana laws. The new poll, commissioned by Hawaii’s Drug Policy Action Group showed voter support for reform of Hawaii’s policies on marijuana trending upward across […]

Hawaii Marriage Equality Bill Signed into Law by Governor

The state that began the global movement for marriage equality has taken its place alongside other states and countries that allow gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the marriage equality measure into law during a joyous ceremony attended by hundreds of invitees at the Hawaii Convention Center, and broadcast […]

Senate Approves Marriage Equality; Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature

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Hawaii will become the 15th state in the nation to grant couples the freedom to marry after the State Senate overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality measure today. The bill awaits Governor Neil Abercrombie’s signature. “This is a joyous occasion because Hawaii is a state that prides itself for its aloha, diversity, kindness and openness,” said […]

Final Senate vote on marriage equality bill, expected schedule, security protocols

Please see prior post for the approved security protocols and advisories for advocates attending rallies Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Hawaii State Capitol. The opposition will again have the makai side of the Rotunda, the advocates for marriage equality will have the mauka side. The Senate hearing is planned to begin at 10:00 a.m. […]