President Obama on Tuesday night commended the state legislature in Hawaii for approving a bill legalizing gay marriage. 

“I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder,” Obama said in a statement. “And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those in Hawaii whose families will now be now given the security and respect they deserve.” 


The bill legalizing gay marriage passed the Hawaii state Senate in a 19-4 vote Tuesday. 

Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign the bill on Wednesday. 

Before Hawaii, 14 states and the District of Columbia allowed gay marriage. New Jersey had become the most recent state after a court ruling. 

Earlier this month, Obama commended the Illinois state legislature for approving a bill legalizing gay marriage. The governor is expected to sign the bill, which would take effect next year. 

Obama served in the Illinois state assembly before winning a seat in the U.S. Senate and becoming president. 

"I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly, a body in which I was proud to serve, for voting to legalize marriage equality in my home state," he said at the time.