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Hawaii Governor Signs Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill into Law

February 23, 2011
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Hawaii becomes the latest state to legalize same-sex civil unions and narrow the gap between first and second class citizenry. As anticipated Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed legislation into law legalizing civil unions which takes effect January 1.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) on Wednesday signed legislation that will legalize civil unions in the Aloha State.

In a statement, Abercrombie said the passage of a civil unions measure was “long overdue” and “a prime example of exercising civic courage.”

“Civil unions respect our diversity, protect people’s privacy, and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha,” Abercrombie said.

The bill signing ceremony took place Wednesday afternoon at Washington Place in Honolulu, Hawaii, among key lawmakers and about 100 invited guests who helped move the measure through the Legislature.

The law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, will make civil unions with the same legal benefits of marriage available to same-sex couples in the Aloha State.

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