Hawaii legislature will give final passage to Civil Unions bill today

Governor Neil Abercrombie is poised to sign the legislation in Hawaii that will enact Gay Civil Unions on Tuesday:

Hawaii’s legislature is poised to approve civil unions for both gay and straight couples on Tuesday, a legal arrangement that would have all the rights, privileges and obligations of traditional marriage.

If approved as expected, Hawaii would become the seventh state to confer essentially the same connubial rights to gay couples as straight ones—though civil unions do not use the term “marriage.”

Earlier Monday, a voice vote in the Hawaii senate approved minor changes to the civil unions bill, clarifying tax filing language. The changes have already been approved by the state’s house of representatives, and the senate passed an earlier version of the bill by a vote of 19 to 6.

After the Senate gives final passage, the Governor will have 10 legislative days to sign the legislation into law. And, this time, we have a governor on our side. Elections do matter.

Linda Lingle remains a hypocritical bigot.

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