Progress begins in Hawaii on civil unions bill

In July of 2010, Hawaii’s then-Governor, Linda Lingle, who has been married and divorce twice, vetoed civil unions legislation. Fortunately, the state has a new Governor, Neil Abercrombie, who supports equality. In both the Democratic primary and the general election, Abercrombie was unequivocal in his support for civil unions — against opponents who would do what would Lingle did. Now, they call him Governor Abercrombie.

Equality Hawaii reports that the process to pass the civil unions bill in the new session has begun:

The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee passed SB232 SD1, Hawaii’s new civil unions bill, by a 3-2 vote Tues., Jan. 25.

Equality Hawaii thanks Sens. Clayton Hee, Maile Shimabukuro and Les Ihara, Jr., who voted in favor of the measure.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for a second and third reading. The second reading is slated for Jan. 26 with the final reading anticipated Fri., Jan. 28.

Good work, Equality Hawaii.


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