Obama to his home state: "Marriage equality makes me proud, our country stronger"

The president had quite a few words of praise for Hawaii, which earlier this week became the latest state to welcome marriage equality. PinkNews, Gay Star News, LGBT Weekly, and The Huffington Post are among the many sources sharing his message.

Following Hawaii’s final vote in the Senate on Tuesday, Obama released a statement in response, saying, “Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger.”

He added, “By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote make me even prouder,” the president added.

As in Illinois (where First Lady Michelle hails from), Hawaii’s marriage equality will officially be written into law once the governor signs the bill.  Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) has said he plans to sign it quickly, and is expected to do today at the Hawaii Convention Center at 10 AM HST. You can watch the bill signing ceremony via live stream here.

After receiving approval in the state Senate and the House, and being sent back to the Senate one last time to vote on a new amendment, marriage equality passed with a final vote of 19-4, with opposition from one Republican and three Democrats.

Join GLAAD, the president, and Americans throughout the country in congratulating Hawaiians on saying “Aloha” to equality!