Hawaii same-sex marriage pioneer weds partner

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 ( http://ow.ly/rToPk) being married outweighs the bad feelings from her struggle.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/


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