HONOLULU - Retired professors Rod Powell and Bob Eddinger have been partners in life since 1977.
On Monday, they joined in marriage on the first day it was legally possible in their home state of Hawaii.
Powell says they wanted to celebrate the beginning of same-sex marriages in the state as a significant moment in society's movement toward equality and justice.
The 78-year-old and 74-year-old met 36 years ago on the Manoa campus of the University of Hawaii.
The state Department of Health says it issued 40 licenses for same-sex marriages in the hours since it began accepting applications at midnight.
Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo says almost all the licenses were issued to couples on Oahu.
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