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Posted: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 12:54 PM HST

Gov. signs bill legalizing gay marriage in Hawaii

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state that kicked off a national discussion of the issue more than two decades ago.

Abercrombie signed the measure at an invitation-only ceremony Wednesday at the Hawaii Convention Center, near the tourism hub of Waikiki.

The law allows gay couples living in Hawaii and tourists to marry in the state starting Dec. 2.

After the state Senate approved the bill Tuesday, Abercrombie said the bill celebrates "our diversity defining us rather than dividing us."

State Rep. Bob McDermott promised a new challenge after Abercrombie signed the bill. He has filed suit against the law and a judge said he would take up the case only after the law was fully passed.

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