Donna & Monica

August 15, 2013

Donna and MonicaDonna and Monica met in 1978, and they’ve been together ever since. For 35 years, they’ve built their lives together, right here in Hawaii.

Monica and Donna were both born and raised in the Aloha State. Although most of Monica’s family has moved away, Donna’s extended family — her two sisters, nephews, and nieces — all live in Hawaii, allowing for plenty of time together.

Like many couples, Donna and Monica enjoy traveling, watching sports, and going to the movies. They enjoy time with family and friends. They love the life they’ve made.

Although Monica and Donna have been together for more than 3 decades, they aren’t able to get married in the state they call home. They’re as committed and as loving as any other couple, but they’re treated as second-class in the eyes of the law.

In January 2012, Donna and Monica were granted a civil union license under state law. But when the Supreme Court struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, they knew their civil union simply wasn’t enough.

Even with the end of DOMA, even with their civil union — Monica and Donna are denied thousands of critical protections. Only marriage provides them with access to the federal safety net, to the security they need, to full and equal protection under the law.

After 35 years together, it’s time Hawaii allows Donna and Monica — and all committed same-sex couples — to share in the freedom to marry. With polls showing that a majority of Hawaii voters support marriage equality, Monica and Donna simply shouldn’t have to wait any longer.