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."
Watch video of the Senate vote passing the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...
(thanks to igor volsky at wonk room for the clip)