Hawaii Domestic Partner Benefits laws & HR compliance analysis

Hawaii Domestic Partner Benefits: What you need to know

Effective December 2, 2013, the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 legally recognizes marriage between any two individuals, regardless of gender (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 572-1 et seq.). All gender-specific terminology, such as "husband" or "wife," in all sources of state law must be interpreted in a gender-neutral manner.
Couples in a civil union or reciprocal beneficiary relationship may apply for a marriage license and marry without first terminating the existing relationship, provided they are otherwise eligible to marry. The marriage automatically terminates the former relationship. Any rights or benefits available in the civil union or reciprocal beneficiary relationship continue uninterrupted through the marriage. Rights and benefits that were not available in a civil union or reciprocal beneficiary relationship are in effect as of the date of marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court subsequently issued a decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions (Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14–556 (6/26/15)).
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Civil unions. State law in Hawaii gives couples in a civil union the same rights, benefits, and legal responsibilities as married couples (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 572B-1 et seq.). A "civil union" under the act is defined as the union between two individuals under the law.
To be eligible to enter into a civil union, individuals must:
• Not be a partner in another civil union, a spouse in a marriage, or a party to a reciprocal beneficiary relationship;
• Be at least 18 years of age; and
• Not be related to each other as parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, siblings, aunt or uncle and nephew or niece, or ...

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