Back to where the marriage debate began. In 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that paved the way for same-sex marriage until November of 1998 when voters changed the state’s constitution to bar it.
But, this week, there was legislative progress in Hawaii on partnership recognition:
By a vote of 31-20, the Hawaii House today approved a civil unions bill just hours before the end of this year’s legislative session.
The measure would give unmarried same-sex and heterosexual couples the same rights as married couples under state law. The bill passed the Senate in January by a vote of 18-7 and now goes to the governor for her consideration.
Gov. Linda Lingle had urged lawmakers against taking up civil unions this session and to instead focus on the state’s budget deficit. She has not said whether she would sign or veto the bill.
Lingle has 45 days to decide. If she vetoes the bill, the House and Senate can come back in a one-day override session in July.
The Governor is a Republican. She’s also term-limited and not running again.
In 2010, civil unions are considered a very moderate proposal. So, come on Governor Lingle, be a human.