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Same-sex marriage now legal in Hawaii

Same sex marriages begin Monday in the state of Hawaii.

A new law took effect at just after midnight in the Aloha State and six couples tied the knot shortly afterwards.

Hawaii is one of 15 states, including Iowa, to legalize same sex marriage.  Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the measure into law in November.

The state is expected to benefit from an estimated $217 million tourism boost as same sex couples plan destination weddings.

A Waikiki resort was hosting mass ceremonies for anyone wanting to sign up, while a group of clergy who pushed for the new law planned to host a wedding for an openly gay Unitarian minister at a church near downtown Honolulu.

Hawaii's marriage laws allow couples to register for a license and be married the same day, a process conducive for tourists only in the state a short time.

Couples can sign up for a license online, then be verified by any license agent throughout the state.

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