Aston Hotels celebrates Hawaii’s landmark same sex marriage law

The beaches of Hawaii welcome gay weddings Photo: Aston Hotels & Resorts

HONOLULU, December 15, 2013 – Aston Hotels & Resorts is cheering Hawaii’s landmark legislation legalizing same-sex marriage.  Starting this month, same-sex couples –living in Hawaii and visiting – can legally marry in Hawaii.

“We are thrilled by Hawaii’s decision to support marriage equality and we look forward to continuing a legacy of celebrating diversity among our guests and throughout our company,” says Shari Chang, Aston’s senior vice president of sales, marketing and revenue management.  

When Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage, it was natural Aston Hotels & Resorts would celebrate.  After all, the company has long been a supporter of gay rights.   It is TAG Approved®, which means the company meets the highest standards in gay-friendly hospitality, as well as in employment policies, services and support for the gay community. Aston is also a member of The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).

Aston Hotels & Resorts has 24 condominium resorts, villas and cottages on all four major Hawaiian islands. Properties range from the chic luxury boutique Hotel Renew by Aston to photo-worthy wedding locations along Maui’s Kaanapali Beach to Kauai’s historic plantation cottages.

Same-sex couples can choose to stage their ceremonies amid Aston’s many romantic settings, including intimate gazebos, secluded beaches, lush gardens and grand pavilions.

Over its 65-year history, Aston has become expert at arranging weddings and throwing great parties.   There are on-site wedding coordinators and catering services. Plus, because Hawaiian destinations are so popular, on-site staff helps traveling family members arrange quintessentially Hawaiian activities, like surfing and hula lessons.

Ashton’s wedding packages starting at $3,000.

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