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17 Feb 2011

Hawaii legislature passes civil unions bill

Hawaii is on its way to becoming the seventh US state with a civil unions law after the bill, which grants gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits the state provides to married couples, was approved by lawmakers on Wednesday and is awaiting the signature of the governor.

MSNBC reports:

Hawaii lawmakers Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would allow civil unions for same-sex couples.

Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie's office says he intends to sign the bill into law within 10 days. Civil unions would begin Jan. 1, 2012. 

The Hawaii Senate voted 18-5 on Wednesday to give the bill final legislative approval following years of thousands-strong rallies, election battles and passionate public testimony on an issue that has divided the Rainbow State for nearly two decades. The measure passed the House on Friday.

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Reader's Comments

1. 2011-02-17 18:44  
get married at the Ritz Carlton in Kapelea on Maui, gosh a Hawaiian wedding at sunset is the best place to get married so go for it
2. 2011-02-18 02:39  
nice. i prefer civil unions, much more civil than marriage.
3. 2011-02-18 02:39  
nice. i prefer civil unions, much more civil than marriage.
4. 2011-02-19 12:11  
Civil Union and Gay Marriage are completely different in legal prospective, particularly in Immigration laws and Federal laws. There are only 2 English speaking countries allow gay marriage, you can see how difficult it goes up to that stage even in the Western world. If these 2 pieces of regislations are the same, then why call it Civil union instead of marriage (gay or straight does not matter).
5. 2011-02-19 17:03  
man Polynesian men..memories... sigh...some times I miss my birth country
6. 2011-02-21 01:47  
I think it's six states plus the District of Columbia. So that's six down, 44 to go.
7. 2011-02-21 12:49  
This is great to hear as I am applying to go to school there at the University of Hawaii on Oahu. Aloha Thai boys! : )
8. 2011-02-21 23:34  
GREAT NEWS !!! Hopefully more to come :)
9. 2011-02-22 01:47  
why even bother, let's just have fun :-)
10. 2011-02-23 21:43  
finally hawaii!!!! aloha all the gays!
11. 2011-02-24 08:44  
Hawaii now seventh state in the US to legalize civil unions


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