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Posted: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 12:51 PM HST

Hawaii same-sex marriage pioneer weds partner

By Associated Press

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

She tells Hawaii News Now being married outweighs the bad feelings from her struggle.



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