US: Pro-gay marriage Hawaii Governor loses seat in primary

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Despite backing from President Obama, Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie, a strong supporter of same-sex marriage, has been defeated in his re-election bid.

The Governor last November signed same-sex marriage into law, just a day after the state’s Senate gave the legislation for its approval.

“Finally, today now all those who have been invisible will be visible to themselves and the whole world,” Mr Abercrombie said.

The Democrat won only 31% of the vote, compared to state Senator David Ige, who gained 67% of support, according to reports.

The 76-year-old will leave office after 4 years, and during a career spanning four decades, he worked in the state legislature and US House of Representatives.

“Whatever shortcomings I have, whatever faults that I have, I can guarantee you one of them has never been a failure to give all I can, every day that I can, for Hawaii,” Abercrombie said.

Ige also currently supports same-sex marriage.