HONOLULU (AP) - The pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu and his fiance were to be among the first gay couples to wed when same-sex marriage becomes legal in Hawaii today.
The Rev. Jonipher Kupono Kwong was to exchange vows with Chris Nelson moments after midnight this morning. Gov. Neil Abercrombie was expected to attend the ceremony.
The couple told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser they had planned a wedding next year in Southern California, where Nelson resides, but decided to move the date up to celebrate the passage of the law in Hawaii.
Kwong is a gay rights activist who fought for the passage of Hawaii's civil union laws. He and Nelson have been together for 15 years.