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Arrival of a child adds urgency to need for same-sex marriage

By Valerie Smith

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2013

~~<p>On Thanksgiving Day 2009, I married the love of my life in British Columbia, Canada. Just before Thanksgiving this year, we will welcome home our first child. Despite holding a valid marriage license, as it now stands, our baby will be born into what Hawaii will only legally consider a civil union. Why won't Hawaii recognize our marriage? We are a same-sex couple.</p>
<p>Like other expectant parents, we are eagerly preparing our baby's room, taking childbirth classes, and politely enduring a barrage of unsolicited advice. We look forward to being parents, and expect this adventure to yield an abundance of joys. We know that like all parents we will also face sleepless nights, dirty diapers, fevers and other bumps in the road.</p>
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On Thanksgiving Day 2009, I married the love of my life in British Columbia, Canada. Just before Thanksgiving this year, we will welcome home our first child. Despite holding a valid marriage license, as it now stands, our baby will be born into what Hawaii will only legally consider a civil union. Why won't Hawaii recognize our marriage? We are a same-sex couple.

Like other expectant parents, we are eagerly preparing our baby's room, taking childbirth classes, and politely enduring a barrage of unsolicited advice. We look forward to being parents, and expect this adventure to yield an abundance of joys. We know that like all parents we will also face sleepless nights, dirty diapers, fevers and other bumps in the road. Login for more...



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