Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in Hawaii, Dozens of Couples Marry

Up to 40 couples married at Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu


(Reuters) - Dozens of same-sex couples tied the knot in Hawaii early Monday as a new law allowing gay couples to marry went into effect at midnight.

Between 30 and 40 couples were being married at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu starting just after midnight local time (0500 ET), a hotel employee, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

Three hours later, the ceremonies were still being performed and no protesters had shown up, the employee said. Photos posted on social media sites depicted flowers and chandeliers, wedding dresses and Hawaiian shirts, and leis on celebrating guests.