"I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality. With today's vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. 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 makes me even prouder. And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those in Hawaii whose families will now be now given the security and respect they deserve."
-- President Barack Obama, applauding yesterday's final vote in the Hawaii Senate to legalize marriage equality in his home state. Pro-equality Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie will sign the bill today at 10 a.m. local time, 3 p.m. Eastern.