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Truly a new day for equal rights


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 14, 2013

~~<p>Most anyone blessed with a happy marriage wishes the same for those they cherish. The undying commitment and unconditional love of such a lasting union is incomparable, and irreplaceable. The phrase &quot;like an old married couple&quot; instantly conjures up the image of two people who have weathered the roller-coaster of life together, persevering through the inevitable hard times, rejoicing in each other's triumphs, and embodying the intimacy borne of a lifetime of shared experiences.</p>
<p>It doesn't work out for everyone, obviously. America's divorce rate remains shockingly high. Single-parent families are common. And some loving heterosexual couples simply prefer not to make their status legal. But that is their choice. Until yesterday, same-sex couples in Hawaii did not have that choice. Their relationships could be legitimized in the eyes of the law as civil unions, but not as full-fledged marriages.</p>
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Most anyone blessed with a happy marriage wishes the same for those they cherish. The undying commitment and unconditional love of such a lasting union is incomparable, and irreplaceable. The phrase "like an old married couple" instantly conjures up the image of two people who have weathered the roller-coaster of life together, persevering through the inevitable hard times, rejoicing in each other's triumphs, and embodying the intimacy borne of a lifetime of shared experiences.

It doesn't work out for everyone, obviously. America's divorce rate remains shockingly high. Single-parent families are common. And some loving heterosexual couples simply prefer not to make their status legal. But that is their choice. Until yesterday, same-sex couples in Hawaii did not have that choice. Their relationships could be legitimized in the eyes of the law as civil unions, but not as full-fledged marriages. Login for more...



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