Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who leaves office Dec. 1, will be given an award next week for his work to legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii.

The Associated Press reports that the Equality Hawaii Foundation will present Abercrombie with the Steven H. Levinson Trailblazer Award at its annual gala on Nov. 22.

The honor is in recognition of the governor calling a special legislative session in November 2013 to pass a bill that allowed same-sex couples to legally wed.

MAHALO FOR YOUR SUPPORT  Gov. Abercrombie thanks supporters before going over to see winner Sen. David Ige at Ige's campaign headquarters.

Gov. Abercrombie thanks supporters before going over to see winner Sen. David Ige at Ige’s campaign headquarters following the Aug. 9 primary results.

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The group says since the law was enacted, some 2,400 same-sex marriages have been conducted in the islands.

“The award is named for the former Hawaii Supreme court Justice who wrote the nation’s first appellate decision saying the state’s marriage laws were unconstitutional because they didn’t allow same-sex couples to marry,” according to the AP.

Levinson continued to work on behalf of gay rights after retiring in 2008.

Abercrombie said his support for same-sex marriage contributed to his rejection by voters in the Democratic primary.

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