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How to Get a Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage License & Same-Sex Marriage Certificate

Lesbian & Gay Marriage in Hawaii - Same-Sex Marriage HI




When Do Same-Sex Marriages in Hawaii Become Legal?

The Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Law takes effect on January 1, 2012, and although the first business day of the New Year is January 3, 2012, it is anticipated that at 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2012 on-line applications for Same-Sex Marriage licenses will be available.


The Department of Health Web site will go live at midnight on Jan. 1, 2012. For details, click here or visit http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vital-records/civilunion/index.html


Equality Hawaii can help if you would like to have your Same-Sex Marriage on January 1st or 2nd


After completing the ceremony on or after January 1, 2012, the Same-Sex Marriage officiant will record the event online with the DOH and, after DOH reviews and approves the information, your Same-Sex Marriage will be registered.


What is a Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage?

The Hawaii Same-Sex Marriages law was passed in 2011 and allows all couples – regardless of their gender, to enter into a Same-Sex Marriage. This affords these couples all the legal rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of traditional marriage.


Couples that reside in Hawaii (or live in a state or country that recognizes Same-Sex Marriages) can file joint tax returns for your state taxes. Couples will no longer be legally precluded from things like club memberships or hospital room visits. State retirement and health benefits can be conferred upon each other. Partners will inherit possessions without the need of a will.


How Much Does a Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage License Cost?

The cost of a Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage License is $60.00 (plus $5.00 portal administrative cost). The fee may be paid online or in-person at the time the application is submitted to a Same-Sex Marriage license agent.


Is there a County Requirement?

Yes. The prospective partners may only obtain a Same-Sex Marriage license from an agent in the county in which the Same-Sex Marriage is to be solemnized or in which either prospective partner resides.


Can Our Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage License Expire?

Yes. Upon approval, a Same-Sex Marriage license will be issued at the time an application is made. The Same-Sex Marriage license expires 30 days after (and including) the date of issuance, after which it automatically becomes void.


Do We Need to Be Residents of Hawaii?

No. There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.


Who Can Enter into a Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage?

Any person who is at least 18 years of age not a partner in another Same-Sex Marriage, not a spouse in a marriage, or not a party to a reciprocal beneficiary relationship.


If previously registered in a reciprocal beneficiary relationship, proof of termination must be provided to the Same-Sex Marriage agent prior to the issuance of a Same-Sex Marriage license if the termination occurred within 30 days of applying for the Same-Sex Marriage license.


If previously married, proof of termination of that marriage must be presented to the Same-Sex Marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for a Same-Sex Marriage license. Proof consists of a certified original divorce decree or a certified death certificate.


Do We Both Need to Apply for a Same-Sex Marriage License?

Yes. Both prospective partners in the Same-Sex Marriage must appear together in person before a Same-Sex Marriage agent to submit their official Same-Sex Marriage application for a Same-Sex Marriage license. Proxies are not allowed.


What Do We Need to Bring to the Hawaii Department of Health?

The prospective partners should be prepared to provide the Same-Sex Marriage agent with the necessary proof of identification and age and present any required written consents and approvals. All of the necessary documents should be obtained prior to applying for a Same-Sex Marriage license and appearing before an agent. A valid government issued photo I.D. or driver's license may be presented.


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