HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed a bill legalizing gay marriage in a state that kicked off a national discussion on the issue more than two decades ago.
Abercrombie signed the bill Wednesday at a ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center, near the tourist hub of Waikiki.
Now, Hawaii is positioning itself for a bump in tourism. An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher says gay marriage will boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years, as Hawaii becomes a destination for ceremonies and honeymoons for couples in other states.