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Hawaii Senate overwhelmingly passes Civil Unions

Timothy Kincaid

January 28th, 2011

The Hawaiian Senate passed SB 232, a civil unions bill identical to the one vetoed by Gov. Lingle last year. (KITV)

The state Senate on Friday approved Senate Bill 232, relating to Civil Unions, at its regular daily session.

The bill says unmarried, unrelated couples may have a judge or clergy solemnize their civil union, which will provide the same responsibilities and benefits of marriage under state law.

The bill passed the full Senate 19-6.

The sole Republican in the Hawaiian Senate (Sam Slom) voted against civil unions, as did Democrats Donovan Dela Cruz, Will Espero, Mike Gabbard, Donna Mercado Kim, and Ron Kouchi.

The bill will now go to the House where it is expected to be approved without problem.

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esurience
January 28th, 2011 | LINK

Pity it’s not full marriage since the vote was so overwhelming…

GreenEyedLilo
January 28th, 2011 | LINK

It’s better than what was there before.

When the wife and I were but high school seniors, almost 20 years ago, we were *sure* we were going to civilly unite in Hawaii right after our college graduations and have a really excellent honeymoon. Lots of things went wrong with that plan, but I’m glad there’s real hope in Hawaii now.

Mark F.
January 29th, 2011 | LINK

So, 5 Democrats are still bigots even when it’s not called marriage. Interesting.

Throbert McGee
January 30th, 2011 | LINK

It’s better than what was there before.

Besides this point, the Hawaii legislation is unusual — within the US context — insofar as it is explicitly available both to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Data on how many Hawaiian heterosexuals opt for the new CUs in preference to marriage could be useful to have as the debate about government recognition of marriage slowly grinds on at the national level.

(Apparently PACSes — which are gender neutral — have proven extremely popular with heterosexual couples in France, even though the PACS legislation was originally devised as a remedy for homosexual couples who aren’t allowed civil marriage under French law.)

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