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Hawaii Senate votes for Civil Unions

Timothy Kincaid

January 22nd, 2010

hawaiichurchThe Hawaii Senate just voted to pass the civil unions bill by 18 to 7. Some in the House were arguing that unless it was veto-proof that it may not be brought up there. It’s veto proof. (Honolulu Advertiser)

The House passed a civil-unions bill last year that only applies to same-sex couples. The House came one vote short of a two-thirds’ majority — with one Democrat absent — but leaders do not want to go through the exercise again in an election year unless there is a realistic chance the bill will become law.

Gov. Linda Lingle has not said whether she would veto the bill, but has urged lawmakers to put off the issue and focus on the state’s budget deficit and job creation.

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