HONOLULU – Shortly after the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, Gary Bradley and Paul Perry will be among the first couples in the state to enter into civil unions as soon as a Hawaii law goes into effect.
A coalition including Citizens for Equal Rights is organizing a ceremony at an East Oahu home where four couples will enter into civil unions. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie approved the law in February, allowing same-sex and opposite-sex couples to enter into a civil union with the same state rights and responsibilities as traditional marriage.
Bradley says a civil union with his partner of more than three years brings them “one step closer to full marriage equality.”
The Waikiki residents are busy with details for their big day, including getting matching aloha shirts.