HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles ® ) – While the (almost) entire United States was celebrating today’s Supreme Court ruling affirming the constitutional right to marry for members of the LGBT community, Hawaii was celebrating the news that one of its own — Filipina lesbian Denora Dancel — has been awarded the first-ever Nobel Prize for Marriage Equality.
Dancel and Nina Baehr were the same-sex partners who sued the state of Hawaii for denying them a marriage license. The Hawaii Supreme Court in 1993 ruled in their favor in the much-celebrated case of Baehr vs. Lewin. The landmark case began the movement in the rest of the country to challenge the ban on same-sex marriage in the courts, all leading up to today’s historic victory for equality and civil rights.
The Nobel Prize committee is trying to locate Dancel and Baehr so that it could send the formal invitation to them travel to Oslo, Norway, to personally receive the award.
Please contact The Adobo Chronicles for any leads.