Same-sex marriage pioneer weds partner


HONOLULU (AP) — One of the Hawaii women who sparked the national same-sex marriage battle with a lawsuit more than 20 years ago is now legally married to another woman.

Genora Dancel wed Kathryn Dennis, her partner of 15 years.

They were married Tuesday in a court ceremony that comes 23 years after Dancel, her partner at the time and two other gay couples were denied marriage licenses, leading to a 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court decision saying their equal protection rights were being violated.

Hawaii is now among 16 states and Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriage is legal.

Dancel said the clerk who denied her license in 1990 was the same one who approved it this time.

She told another media outlet being married outweighs the bad feelings from her struggle.

 

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