By BJ Reyes
Full text of President Barack Obama's statement on the Hawaii Legislature's passage of Senate Bill 1:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2013
Statement by the President on Marriage Equality in Hawaii
I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality. With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder. And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those in Hawaii whose families will now be now given the security and respect they deserve.