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)

Posted February 16, 2011 at 5:43pm ETC by Andy Towle
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