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Hawaii's outgoing Gov. Abercrombie to win award for his work to legalize same-sex marriage

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HONOLULU — Outgoing Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be given an award for his work to legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii.

The Equality Hawaii Foundation will present Abercrombie with the Steven H. Levinson Trailblazer Award at its annual gala on Nov. 22.

Abercrombie called a special legislation in 2013 to pass a bill that allowed same-sex couples to legally wed in Hawaii for the first time.

The group says since the law was enacted, about 2,400 same-sex marriages have been conducted in Hawaii.

Abercrombie withstood criticism from social conservatives while pushing the legislation which passed after marathon public testimony.

The award is named for the former Hawaii Supreme court Justice who wrote the nation's first appellate decision saying the state's marriage laws were unconstitutional because they didn't allow same-sex couples to marry.

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