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ASSOCIATED PRESS David Peters, right, and Luke Whited, a gay couple who were joined in a civil union in their home state of Illinois, showed their rings inside the Bourbon Pub, a gay bar, after being interviewed about President Obama's statement of support of gay marriage, in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. A bill to allow gay and lesbians to wed in Hawaii was sidelined in the Legislature this week.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Legalizing same-sex marriage would bring an economic boost to the state, according to a University of Hawaii professor’s study. Aqua Waikiki Joy Hotel guest service manager Raymond Yoshimura, left, and interim
General Manager Kalei Lyman stand in one of the hotel’s guest rooms.