In Hawaii, bill to allow civil unions advances to Senate
BySDGLN Staff Published On
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Lawmakers in Hawaii once again are taking up a bill that would allow civil unions in the Rainbow State.
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 to pass Senate Bill 232 on to the Senate. SB 232 could come up for a vote on Friday.
Last summer, Hawaii’s lawmakers approved a civil unions bill, but Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican who was termed out, vetoed it at the last minute.
The new governor, Neil Abercrombie, a Democratic, is fully supportive of civil unions and has vowed to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
Meanwhile, the state House is expected to introduce a similar bill today.