Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since ; Hawaii being one of the first six states to legalize it. In , a ruling by the Hawaiian Supreme Court made Hawaii the first state to consider legalizing same-sex marriage. Additionally, Hawaii law prohibits discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity , and the use of conversion therapy on minors has been banned since July Gay and lesbian couples enjoy the same rights, benefits and treatment as opposite-sex couples, including the right to marry and adopt. Same-sex relationships have been part of Hawaiian culture for centuries. The Christian missionaries, who arrived in the 19th century, were adept in converting the local population to Christianity.
Wednesday, May 19, Today's Paper June marks the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, when the gay rights movement began in the United States. This week, Gov. Read the whole story at Civil Beat.
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Equality Hawaii was a statewide political advocacy organization in Hawaii that advocated for lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage. Equality Hawaii was founded as Family Equality Coalition on November 16, , as a c 4 nonprofit corporation. It was founded based on community and expert input at the organization's first meeting in September after a civil unions bill was attempted in February