Hawaii lawmakers OK civil unions, send bill to gov
- Hawaii lawmakers OK civil unions, send bill to gov
by Mark Niesse
Friday Apr 30, 2010
Hawaii is a step closer to joining a small group of other states in allowing
same-sex civil unions.
In a move that still needs the governor's signature to become law, the House
of Representatives Thursday night approved a measure that has drawn some of
the state's biggest protest rallies.
Republican Gov. Linda Lingle hasn't said whether she'll reject it or sign it
into law but her office said later that she will carefully review the bill.
The House voted 31-20 in favor of the legislation, which had been stalled
but was unexpectedly revived on the last day of this year's legislative
session. The Senate passed it in January.
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