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Hawaii Pulls and then Kills Civil Unions

Timothy Kincaid

May 11th, 2009

The Civil Unions bill has been stuck in a Senate committee since February. Now its had some movement but it looks as though nothing will happen until next year. (Baptist Press)

The Hawaii bill would have granted homosexual couples all the legal benefits of marriage, minus the name, but deadlocked at 3-3 in a Senate committee in February. Supporters tried but failed to pull it from committee during a floor vote in March, but finally succeeded May 6 when 10 senators — one more than needed — agreed to bring the proposal to the floor. (At least one-third of the Senate was needed for the move to succeed.) But minutes later an amendment to the bill passed, 16-9, killing the bill for this year because the session ended the next day and there was not enough time for the amended bill to pass in the Senate and then in the House.

(Star Bulletin)

At the close of the 2009 session, Democrats pushed out a bill, HB 444, to permit civil unions between members of the same sex. It was then amended to stipulate that a civil union was not marriage and that even non-gay couples could use it.

Time ran out for any more action this year, and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa thinks it can be easily handled next year.

“What this bill does is address the middle ground,” Hanabusa said.

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Bruno
May 11th, 2009 | LINK

Whatever, Hawaii. From what could have been the first state with equal marriage, to politicking over whether or not the bald facsimile passes.

occono
May 12th, 2009 | LINK

Apparently the Bill was protested by 2,000 people a while back…..sigh.

Johnson
May 12th, 2009 | LINK

Get a clue Colleen, there is no middle ground with bigots.

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