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Hawaii Approves Civil Unions, Governor to Sign

The Hawaii Senate has passed the civil union bill 18-5. Governor Neil Abercrombie has indicated he will sign the bill, which passed the House last week.

Said Abercrombie in a statement following the vote: "I have always believed that civil unions respect our diversity, protect people's privacy, and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha."

Civunions The Star-Advertiser:

The Hawaii Senate took its final step in clearing the way to grant same-sex couples virtually the same rights and privileges of traditional marriage, giving approval today to a bill legalizing civil unions.
Senate Bill 232 was approved by a 18-5 vote.
It now goes to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who supports civil unions and has promised to sign the bill into law.
Hawaii "Today is a momentous day," said Sen. Clayton Hee. "There is no denying that by this action Hawaii takes a significant step towards true equality."
Hawaii becomes the seventh state to grant civil unions to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself. Five states and Washington, D.C., permit same-sex marriage.

Watch video of the Senate vote passing the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

(thanks to igor volsky at wonk room for the clip)

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  1. This is great news. But honestly, all I can think of now when pro-equality legislation is passed is "Gee, I can't wait for this to be taken away."

    Posted by: K | Feb 16, 2011 5:52:13 PM

  2. Good news. One step away to full equality, but an important step nonetheless.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 16, 2011 5:52:13 PM

  3. @K, et them take it away, because that's just more fuel for the claim that lgbt citizens should be a protected class. In this case, they would have to specifically target lgbt people, and we see how well that went in Colorado.

    Posted by: Alan E. | Feb 16, 2011 5:59:20 PM

  4. Look for Maggie Gallagher to get leied shortly.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 16, 2011 6:12:43 PM

  5. Dude (other TANK), you're a drooling moron. Going by your comments, you're the repository of junk reasoning and poor education. Like the earlier gaga're debris.

    Civil unions is not marriage equality...don't get complacent.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 16, 2011 6:17:56 PM

  6. Please allow yourselves to have a moment of joy in an imperfect world. It won't kill you.

    Posted by: fred | Feb 16, 2011 6:28:55 PM

  7. Fred is right. Score one for the good guys!

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Feb 16, 2011 7:14:51 PM

  8. good stepping stones - makes it harder for states who are fighting against us

    just found out my state (New Mexico) is introducing HJR 7 and HJR 8 - constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman

    also HB 162 - Retroactive Bar on Same Sex Marriages


    anyway this is good for Hawaii & all of us in the bigger picture

    Posted by: neverstops | Feb 16, 2011 7:36:29 PM

  9. congrats Hawaii!

    Posted by: PriceCut | Feb 16, 2011 7:36:59 PM

  10. Mahalo nui loa to the Hawaii legislature!

    Congrats Hawaii!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 16, 2011 8:11:53 PM

  11. Take that Linda Lingle.

    Posted by: Rich | Feb 16, 2011 8:27:52 PM

  12. I will go for a moment of joy !! Maybe civil unions are not the same as marriage, but until we have federal marriage equality this is a step in the right direction. This would have happened many years ago if it had not been for the meddling Mormons. As for Linda Lingle I am sure she is crying on the phone with Maggie Galagher.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Feb 16, 2011 10:09:06 PM

  13. Opening up civil unions to opposite-sex couples is just asking for trouble down the road.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 17, 2011 2:06:28 AM

  14. Wow, just a few months ago I was cursing Hawaii for having that Republican cretin as governor. Now I want to visit the state. This is what you get when we elect liberal Democrats... progress!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 17, 2011 2:06:55 AM

  15. Yawn. This is like telling black people it's OK to sit in the middle of the bus....but still not the front.

    Posted by: Carl | Feb 17, 2011 2:50:11 AM

  16. If you live in Maryland, New York or Rhode Island (or know people that do), please get on the phone or visit your state representative and state senator. These 3 states are on the cusp of voting in favor of marriage equality this year. Speaking up can make it happen.

    Congratulations to the Aloha State. Looking forward to honeymooning there.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Feb 17, 2011 4:30:09 AM

  17. hawaii illinois soon maryland and rhode island
    appears maggie galllagher is losing the fight. she may have to go out and eat a small village.

    Posted by: walter | Feb 17, 2011 12:56:44 PM

  18. "Hawaii Legislature passes civil unions bill; governor will sign it

    Hawaii's Senate has given final passage to a measure legalizing same-sex unions in the state, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign it.

    The state House had already passed the bill, which ""extends the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union,"" according to the Legislature's website. It will take effect January 1, 2012.

    Abercrombie has 10 legislative days to sign the bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday
    ""I have always believed that civil unions respect our diversity, protect people's privacy and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha,"" Abercrombie said in a statement.

    ""I appreciate all the time and effort invested by those who shared their thoughts and concerns regarding civil unions in Hawaii. This has been an emotional process for everyone involved, but that process is now ended. Everyone has been heard; all points of view respected."

    Posted by: seo company | Oct 13, 2011 2:42:31 AM

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