Hawaii’s First Same-Sex Couples Tie Knot
You may now kiss the groom.
Photo: Kelli Bullock
Tony Baijnauth James Singh and Shaun Campbell share a kiss a little past midnight on the morning of Dec. 2, shortly after Hawaii’s new same-sex marriage law took effect. They joined five other couples (Keola Akana and Ethan Wung, Gary Bradley and Paul Perry, Donna Gedge and Monica Montgomery, Saralyn and Isajah Morales, Richard J. Rosehill and Shawna Okami) in a simultaneous marriage ceremony at the Sheraton Waikiki’s Leahi Club Lounge. Afterward, more couples tied the knot, almost 40 in all. The last couple, Cody Jackson and Drew Pinkney, finished their vows shortly after 3 a.m. Sheraton Waikiki’s director of food and beverage, Brian Hunnings, says it was a privilege to take part in the celebrations. “You look around the room and you see the amount of happiness and love. Love is love, and it was flowing all over the place,” he says. The new law made Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Check out video of Hawaii's first same-sex marriages.