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Marriage law, Deedy trial, GMO distinguished year

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 31, 2013

~~<p>The emotionally charged special session of the Legislature that led to Gov. Neil Abercrombie's signing of the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act was the top local news story of the year, but also dominating the headlines were shark attacks, including two fatalities, a massive molasses spill, the Christopher Deedy murder trial and GMO restrictions:</p>
<p><strong>Same-sex marriage:&nbsp;</strong> Last month, Hawaii became the 15th state plus the District of Columbia to allow gay marriage. The special session that began Oct. 28 came after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. Abercrombie said a same-sex marriage law would need to be in effect by today for married gay couples to be able to take full advantage of tax benefits now offered by the federal government as a result of that ruling.</p>
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The emotionally charged special session of the Legislature that led to Gov. Neil Abercrombie's signing of the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act was the top local news story of the year, but also dominating the headlines were shark attacks, including two fatalities, a massive molasses spill, the Christopher Deedy murder trial and GMO restrictions:

Same-sex marriage:  Last month, Hawaii became the 15th state plus the District of Columbia to allow gay marriage. The special session that began Oct. 28 came after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. Abercrombie said a same-sex marriage law would need to be in effect by today for married gay couples to be able to take full advantage of tax benefits now offered by the federal government as a result of that ruling. Login for more...



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