Delaware and Hawaii Celebrate Civil Unions

With the ringing in of the new year, both the first state and the 50th state celebrated new civil union laws for lesbian and gay couples.

Delaware and Hawaii both passed civil union legislation in 2011, and those laws went into effect on January 1, 2012.

As midnight struck ushering out 2011, and bringing in the new year in Hawaii, four couples celebrated by formally entering into civil unions.

Hawaii News Now covered the event.  When GLAAD was on the ground in Hawaii in November, we met with Hawaii News Now, among other news outlets.  Additionally, GLAAD media trained some of the couples that celebrated their civil unions at that midnight ceremony.

GLAAD congratulates all the couples that are celebrating this lifetime commitment to each other.

GLAAD applauds Equality Delaware and Equality Hawaii as well as all the local LGBT leaders and allies in their successful push to see these laws enacted.

(Image via: Hawaii News Now)

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.