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Hawaii positioned to pass same-sex civil unions

November 8, 2010

 

Anti-Civil Union Protests in Hawaii

Anti-Civil Union Protests in Hawaii

 

HONOLULU — Hawaii voters opened the way for same-sex civil unions to become state law next year, with an election that gave victory to a pro-gay rights gubernatorial candidate and rejected many church-backed candidates. The state House and Senate retained the Democratic majorities that approved a civil unions bill this year before it was vetoed, and Democratic Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign a similar law if passed by the Legislature. The move would make Hawaii, long a battleground in the gay rights movement, the sixth state to grant essentially the same rights of marriage to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself. 

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Civil Unions were approved by Hawaii’s legislature 3 years ago but veto’s by the Governor.  With his ousting during last week’s elections, there’s a strong chance the legislature will take up the matter in January.

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