ringsEarlier today, Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. After a week-long hearing, the Hawaii Senate passed the measure yesterday and sent it to the Governor for his signature. Same-sex weddings will begin in the Aloha State on December 2, 2013.

Although the Illinois Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill on November 6, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn is not scheduled to sign that bill into law until November 20, 2013. Since Hawaii’s Governor acted so quickly and, in essence, beat Illinois to the final approval punch, Hawaii is now being hailed by some as the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage (even though Illinois held that title just last week.) Same-sex weddings should begin taking place in Illinois on June 1, 2014.

To learn more about same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues, go to Nolo’s LGBT Law center.