The Governor of Hawaii who vetoed the civil unions bill, Linda Lingle, is term-limited. In the race for Governor, there are two Democrats vying for the Democratic nomination. Only one of them is on the side of equality:
Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie is sending the message to gay activists that they could have to wait four years or longer for civil unions if he is not elected governor.
Abercrombie supports a civil unions bill vetoed by Gov. Linda Lingle that would have given same-sex and heterosexual couples the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as marriage under state law. Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, his opponent in the September primary, opposes civil unions. Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, the leading Republican candidate, is also against civil unions.
“It’s quite clear that the other two candidates have no intention of moving forward on civil unions legislation,” Abercrombie said last week.
The Democratic primary is on September 18, 2010. Abercrombie has to win. His website is here.
HRC endorsed Abercrombie last week.