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Hawaii's Gov. Linda Lingle Vetoes Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill


UPDATE: Lambda Legal and the ACLU are preparing to sue.

Hawaii's Republican governor has vetoed Hawaii HB 444, the bill that would have allowed for same-sex civil unions in her state. It's gonna cost Hawaii in the long run. So much for allowing the legislature to legislate.

Perversely, Lingle invited Justice Steven H. Levinson to witness her announcement. Levinson's 1993 opinion found that the state's law against same-sex marriage violated equal-protection rights.

In her announcement, Lingle declared the bill "so important it should be decided by the people," indicating our rights should be put to a vote.

Via Joe.My.God.: The Maui Time cover was prepared (along with an alternate) in advance of Lingle's decision.

After the jump, see passionate reactions to Lingle's decision, both pro and con...

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  1. My aunt lives in Hawaii. She says that she suspects that Linda Lingle is a lesbian. If so, that would be very interesting indeed.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 6, 2010 9:39:50 PM

  2. Gee, color me surprised given her previous statements.

    Posted by: Alfredo | Jul 6, 2010 9:42:55 PM

  3. Republicans EVERYWHERE suck.

    Posted by: Jimmy | Jul 6, 2010 9:54:36 PM

  4. No one should be shocked by this. She's a republican, her base is a bunch of religious bigots. Nice to know a two time divorcee is "upholding the sanctity of marriage". Let the lawsuits begin!

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 6, 2010 9:58:27 PM

  5. I don't know why anyone is surprised....

    Posted by: CB | Jul 6, 2010 10:06:48 PM

  6. Call the Hawaii Tourism Authority and tell them you are canceling your plans to visit until civil unions or marriage equality is passed. Inequality is against the Aloha spirit! Tel: 1-808-973-2255.

    Posted by: Traveler J | Jul 6, 2010 10:08:38 PM

  7. Just canceled a planned November trip to Hawaii. Not sure where I'll head instead, but I'll definitely be letting the Hawaii Tourism Authority about my cancellation.

    One thing that needs to be done is within the straight community however. Hawaii is probably one of the top destination points for honeymooning straight newlyweds. It's long past time that many of our straight friends offer their passive "support" for the dignity of our lives (yeah, that means you too, Obama). We need to call on our straight friends to join in any kind of economic boycott as well.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jul 6, 2010 10:27:27 PM

  8. this is exactly why you don't vote for republicans, a democrat would not veto the bill, but to each its own.


    Posted by: johnosahon | Jul 6, 2010 10:30:02 PM

  9. Utterly pathetic. Let's hope the voters are intelligent enough to punish Aiona, the GOP candidate for next governor, if he fails to condemn this colossal and just-plain-stupid affront to human dignity.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 6, 2010 10:31:02 PM

  10. p.s. Any chance the legislature could override this braindead zombie? According to Wikipedia, "in order to override vetoes by the Governor of Hawaii, both houses of the legislature must vote by a two-thirds majority to overrule the governor."

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 6, 2010 10:32:26 PM

  11. I just DON'T understand these people! History is NOT kind to people who stand on the wrong side of progress. In 60 years little Hawaiian children will read about the LGBT struggles and how people like HER stood stubbornly in the way. Republicans will pay.

    Posted by: KFLO | Jul 6, 2010 10:35:23 PM

  12. When you cancel your vacation, remember to also call the hotel where you were booked, and ask to speak to the corporate office. Have them relay a message to the general manager and the hotel owners about WHY you are canceling.

    Posted by: Traveler J | Jul 6, 2010 10:36:41 PM

  13. Excellent suggestions re cancellation of vacations to Hawaii.

    Hey, isn't this state where Barry hails from?

    Drop the White House a line too.

    No question that we're going to win this nationwide -- sooner rather than later. But a lot of people are going to suffer in the meantime.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 6, 2010 10:40:23 PM

  14. Just more hateful garbage these folks will have to live down (good luck with that) once marriage equality is the law of the land...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jul 6, 2010 10:44:39 PM

  15. I know where I'm not going to spend my tourist dollars!

    Posted by: RichGayTraveler | Jul 6, 2010 10:49:01 PM

  16. Will someone out this shim already?

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 6, 2010 10:51:42 PM

  17. And this wasn't even for same-sex marriage. It was for second-rate civil unions. PATHETIC.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 6, 2010 10:53:44 PM

  18. So nice of the twice divorced governor to work so hard to protect traditional marriage.

    Posted by: Mr. Chicago | Jul 6, 2010 10:58:59 PM

  19. No doubt the veto sucks but boycotting tourism to Hawaii is just as lame. By doing so you get to punish those economically who were in favor of the bill. Thanks for the gesture, but you are on the wrong track.

    Posted by: EG | Jul 6, 2010 11:07:21 PM

  20. I just wrote both the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce that my partner and I will NOT be making a return trip to that state anytime soon to spend our leisure time or dollars. Decisions have consequences.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 6, 2010 11:09:58 PM

  21. Sorry, EG, but I disagree. The Hawaii tourism industry needs to work harder against bigots like their governor IF they want tourism dollars from the GLBT community. While such a boycott indeed may hurt some in this industry, I feel this gesture is on the right track to get their attention on this homophobic matter.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 6, 2010 11:14:21 PM

  22. They are republicans so no one should be surprised. First they don't like calling it marriage, now she says that the civil union has to many rights like marriage. These people will never pass any form of legalized union between gays. We have to get rid of them or do as blacks did in the 60's, and quick being nice and take our rights!!

    Posted by: Texanrob | Jul 6, 2010 11:26:11 PM

  23. I wish that I could say that I am surprised... but I can't.

    I love Hawaii but I won't be traveling there for some time to come. There are many other places that want my money and are willing to treat my partner and I with the respect that should be accorded to us.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Jul 6, 2010 11:44:18 PM

  24. I agree with Rob, I'm not giving them any business until they get their act together. The people of Hawaii have to learn that actions have consequences. The majority of the people elected Lingle and now they must deal with the repercussions of their choice.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 6, 2010 11:55:30 PM

  25. So let's recap:

    You'd be hard-pressed to find many elected officials who have been more prominently touted by Log Cabin Republicans as examples of the sort of "moderate" Republican elected officials to whom our community should, it is argued, be more open than Lingle, Scott Brown, Chris Christie, Charles Djou, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

    Lingle: see above

    Brown: Heralded by the Log Cabin crowd as a "moderate" despite having previously referred to a lesbian colleague's family as "not normal" and despite having been active in the campaign to overturn marriage equality in Massachusetts. Since being elected, voted against conditional repeal of DADT.

    Christie: Also heralded as a moderate. After his election and before his inauguration, he privately pressured members of the State Senate's Republican caucus to vote against a marriage equality bill.

    Djou: Vocal opponent of civil unions.

    Snowe and Collins: Perhaps not quite as homophobic as those listed above but completely useless. Each refused to say how she voted on Prop. 1 and Snowe reaffirmed her support for DOMA during the campaign on that ballot question.

    McDonnell of Virginia: Another one who the Log Cabin crowd assured us is a "moderate" despite a history of homophobia which would make those listed above look like Barney Frank. Since his endorsement by LCR and election last November, no governor in the nation has taken as many homophobia-inspired steps as he has.

    Log Cabin Republicans, accomplishing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the LGBT community for over 30 years!

    Second important point: there's a Democratic primary for Gov of Hawaii this September and the choice could not be more clear. Former Rep. Abercrombie is a great friend of our community while Honolulu Mayor Hannemann is hostile even to civil unions. We need to get involved to make sure that Rep. Abercrombie is nominated in September (the tougher task) and then elected in November; if we do, we've got a great shot at not just civil unions but marriage equality in Hawaii in the near future.

    Related point: For all those understandably wanting to withhold contributions from the DNC, donate instead to the candidacies of Neil Abercrombie for Governor of Hawaii this November or the candidacy of one of the DFL (Democratic) candidates for Governor of Minnesota this November. All are supporters of marriage equality and Hawaii and Minnesota still represent two of our best shots at enacting marriage equality in the next few years, IF we can elect a marriage equality-supporting Dem this November.

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 7, 2010 12:01:37 AM

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