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.
(Image via: Hawaii News Now)