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Equality Hawaii is a statewide political advocacy organization in Hawaii that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, including same-sex marriage.
Equality Hawaii was founded as Family Equality Coalition on November 16, 2007 as a UNITE HERE Local 5 and featured Cleve Jones. In 2010, the board elected to change its name to Equality Hawaii to reflect its scope expanding beyond just same-sex marriage.
Originally named Family Equality Foundation, Equality Hawaii Foundation (EHF) was founded on October 27, 2009 as a
Equality Hawaii activities and programs currently active include:
Equality Hawaii is often used to describe three separate organizations:
Equality Hawaii was a founding member and fiscal agent of Hawaii Marriage Equality Act, which was signed into law on November 13, 2013 by Governor Neil Abercrombie, and same-sex couples began marrying on December 2, 2013.
Equality Hawaii Action Fund was founded August 13, 2010 as a Governor of Hawaii Linda Lingle vetoing a 2010 civil unions bill; opponents of legal recognition of same-sex relationships had made public pledges to remove from office any legislators who supported civil unions; an opponent to LGBT issues openly gay House Majority Leader Blake Oshiro; and Gubernatorial candidates Mufi Hannemann and Duke Aiona were promising to not only veto any future civil unions legislation, but put the issue on the ballot.
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