A Rainbow in Paradise Weddings has been offering commitment ceremonies and Gay weddings on Oahu and Kauai since the company was formed in 2004. We are now pleased to be able to perform ceremonies for those couples wishing a civil union!

The SB232 finally passed the legislation and now is waiting for Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign into law. The Governor said he will sign it in about 10 days. The bill won’t take effect until January of 2012 and we will continue to keep you updated.

Currently five states (CT, IA, MA, NH and VT) and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to marry. Six states (CA, IL, NV, NJ, OR and WA) offer broad state-law protection through civil union or registered domestic partnership; Hawai`i will make it seven.

Five more states (Hawaii plus CO, ME, MD and WI) offer more limited protections through a non-marriage status (passage of SB232 will not change Hawai`i’s reciprocal beneficiaries law). Others (including at least MD and NY and probably NM and for some purposes RI) respect marriages and/or non-marriage statuses that same-sex couples entered into in other states. Consequently, based on population estimates from the 2010 U.S. Census, as of February 2011, more than 40% of the United States population resides in a jurisdiction offering same-sex couples at least some form of state-level legal protection.

Hawaii civil unionsA Rainbow in Paradise Weddings will be conducting a drawing for two couples that wish to have a Civil Union on Oahu or Kauai. The prize is a customized ceremony of your choice performed by Kalona. You may be asked a few questions by a reporter for the local news paper if you accept the prize. 
If you are interested in being in the drawing please email me through the contact page on this website and please be sure to put in a phone number, date of ceremony and what state you are from.

Please visit Lambda Legal’s website for these educational materials about SB232 and Hawai`i law:
www.lambdalegal.org/publications/factsheets/fs_hawaiis-2011-civil-unions-bills-faqs.html