Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Hawaii candidate fights off ‘anti-LGBT preacher’ claims

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HONOLULU (AP) — A well-known Democratic candidate for Congress who gained notoriety opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting mostly Muslim countries is being forced to explain a decades-old rant perceived as intolerant of gay people.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin said he won’t “quibble” about what’s on a recording posted on YouTube last year, or its context, and has apologized. But he hasn’t been able to put the issue entirely behind him.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Aaron Drake

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Age: 31

Hometown: Tipp City, Ohio

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Leo

It’s Aaron’s quest for adventure that led him to graduate high school early and leave his hometown behind to study abroad in college.

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Hawaii LGBTQ couples seek equal access to fertility treatment

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HONOLULU (AP) – Sean Smith and his husband paid more than $20,000 for a fertility procedure when they decided to have a child using a surrogate mother. They did not know at the time that if they were a heterosexual couple, they might have saved that money.

Now, Smith and other members of Hawaii’s LGBTQ community are lobbying for equal access to the financial help married, heterosexual couples enjoy under state law.

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Watermark Wedding Bells: Veronica Brezina and Courtney Smith

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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w_bells-2405“My favorite thing about Courtney is that I get excited about wanting to share my life adventures with her and traveling with her,” Veronica says. “She’s my other half and best friend. Just being with her, it makes me feel alive and make me want to have fun in life.”

Veronica Brezina, who is a business reporter, and Courtney Smith, who is a restaurant manager, met back in June 2009 at a high school graduation party.

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Anti-Trump Republican eyes party switch in deep-blue Hawaii

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HONOLULU (AP)- A Republican lawmaker in deep-blue Hawaii is considering switching parties to become a Democrat after she was pressured to give up her leadership role for criticizing President Donald Trump.

Rep. Beth Fukumoto said Republican Party members asked her to resign as Minority Floor Leader after she spoke at the Women’s March in Hawaii.

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49-foot lei honoring Pulse victims presented at Dr.Phillips

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Volunteers from Hawaii presented a 49-foot “Lei of Aloha” June 22 to commemorating the 49 deceased victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The memorial item took four days to create, requiring the work of 400 Maui volunteers, including the governor of Hawaii, and four truckloads of flowers.

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Honolulu settles lesbian’s wrongfully arrested suit

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Honolulu (AP) – Honolulu has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit from two gay women who allege a police officer wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.

Details of the settlement were announced May 20 in federal court in Honolulu. It’s still subject to City Council approval. The council is expected to consider the settlement at a July 6 meeting, said Honolulu Deputy Corporation Counsel Nicolette Winter. 

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Officer accused of wrongfully arresting lesbian couple kissing in store

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HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department opened an internal investigation Oct. 28 into allegations that an officer wrongfully arrested a vacationing lesbian couple after seeing them kissing in a grocery store.

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero, who were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles in March, said in a federal lawsuit filed Oct. 27 that they were harassed and arrested because the officer didn’t like their public displays of affection in a Foodland store on Oahu’s North Shore.

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Hawaii same-sex marriage lawsuit declared moot

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HONOLULU (AP) – A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling quietly ended a last-ditch court fight against a Hawaii law allowing same-sex marriage.

The court issued an opinion earlier this month declaring moot a lawsuit filed by a Hawaii couple seeking to marry before the state legalized gay marriage last year. Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid filed the suit in 2011, arguing that they wanted to be married and not simply enter into a civil union.

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At a glance: Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii gay marriage

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Judges have been striking down gay marriage bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year invalidated the core of a federal law that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman for determining federal benefits.

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Challenges to gay marriage bans: Where they stand

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(AP)– State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear arguments Tuesday on cases from Indiana and Wisconsin.

Gay couples can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia. A look at where cases pending in other states stand:

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