UPDATED 12/5/12 4 p.m.

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Hawaii is seen as one of the next states to consider legalizing same-sex marriage, something the Hawaii Legislature could do through legislation.

The civil rights attorney considered “the architect” of the national marriage equality movement, Evan Wolfson, is in Honolulu this week to talk about recent ballot victories in four states, the status of the movement and the possibilities for Hawaii.

Wolfson is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, which is working to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act, push gay marriage in more states and to educate the public about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families.

He is author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry.

Civil Beat will speak with Wolfson Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The 30-minute Q&A will be live-streamed from our site, and we’ll be taking questions from readers.

Ask your question in the Comment section at the end of this article. Or email us at becivil@civilbeat.com.

Hawaii Ties

Wolfson, 55, was co-counsel in Baehr v. Miike, the 1990s lawsuit in which three same-sex couples argued that Hawaii’s prohibition of same-sex marriage violated the state constitution. In 1993 the Hawaii Supreme Court agreed the prohibition constituted discrimination.

That decision and other local court rulings became moot when Hawaii voters in 1998 approved a constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to limit marriage to different-sex couples. In January of this year, however, civil unions — which grants most but not all marriage rights to couples — became state law.

Now, local and national advocates of gay marriage have identified Hawaii as one of a handful of states where gay marriage could be legalized by 2014.

Before founding Freedom to Marry in 2003, Wolfson, according to his web bio, “contributed to the legal teams in the Vermont case that led to the creation of ‘civil unions’ and Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which led to marriage in Massachusetts.”

“You don’t win every battle, but the trend, momentum and opportunities are clear. And I certainly would not trade places with my opponents in which direction America is going,” Wolfson said recently on FOX News.

Wolfson is a Harvard Law School graduate, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and has taught at Harvard College and Columbia Law School.

Wolfson will give a talk, titled “Winning The Freedom To Marry In Hawaii,” at 7.m. Wednesday at Aloha Tower’s Pier Ten.

The talk is sponsored by Equality Hawaii, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Hawaii Pacific University Student Government Association. The event includes a Q&A with Tony Wagner of HRC and Equality Hawaii. Click here for more information.

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