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Hawaii’s civil unions bill makes progress

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  1. That’s what equality is all about – and frankly no-one has the right to stop equality.

  2. Mike from Hawaii 9 Feb 2011, 3:39pm

    It will pass by a veto-proff majority of 33-11 anyway on Friday [I know]!!!!!

    YESSSSSSSSS finally some PROGRESS!!!

    Something Republican tea-bagging Christian Taliban people have NO IDEA about!!!!!

    Civil unions are long overdue in Hawaii!!!!

    It’s not marriage – but it will come in due course eventually – maybe in 2018!!!!?????

    The Consitution of Hawaii bans same sex marriage anyway – but luckely does not ban civil unions!!!!

    The Govonor is a Democrat so do not worry about a veto – it will get signed into law and become effective from 1.1.2012!!!!!

    Remember that big fat ugly Republican bitch last year (shes gone)!!!!!!

    Since she vetoed our right to a civil union – together we vetoed her right civil seats in politics!!!!!!!!

    Fairs fair in the end!!!!!

    My mum always taught me “you get your co-muffins in the end and that Karma is very powerful and does exist”!!!!!!

  3. David in Indy 9 Feb 2011, 9:59pm

    Congratulations to Hawaii. It is a step in the right direction, unlike my home state of Indiana which is attempting for the third time to write a gay marriage ban, along with a ban on civil unions into the state constitution. Same sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, but they wish to write it into the constitution to provide additional protections from the courts. Indiana’s law process is a bit different than in other states, requiring two successful passes through both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate. With the GOP in both houses, it is likely to pass this year, but will need a second pass which probably won’t happen until 2013 or 2014. Then it is put to a popular vote.

    So, while Indiana is trying its very best to write homophobia and bigotry into its constitution, I am happy Hawaii has decided to do otherwise.

  4. Rome wasnt built in a day. Hawaii is smart to introduce civil unions.Congratulations! Marriage Equality supporters in many countries ‘may’ completely delay the introduction of improvements for same-sex couples by their unrelenting and immovable stance for Marriage Equality. Remember, it is the ‘straights’ who are in the majority and they are the ones who allow things to either progress or not happen at all. Civil unions pull the mat from under the biggest enemy of all, the ‘religious’ ones!
    Also, those countries with same-sex marriage have very, progressive left-wing Governments, many of whom following a period of extreme conservatism and dictatorship eg Spain, Portugal and Argentina! Even so religious forces have done anything and everything to stop ‘marriage’!
    USA States that venture with civil unions will do more for the cause than not!

  5. Give gays the right to form civil partnerships or marriage? Whatever next? They’ll be giving the vote to blacks, Indians or even women next!

    It is quite appalling that the same twisted and hateful lobbying by bigotted zealots occurs in 2011 as in the 1900s against the brave suffragettes seeking votes for women or campaigners in 1940s USA and 1970s South Africa against the legally and brutally enforced segregation of the races. When will they ever learn?

  6. The Rev JRB 10 Feb 2011, 6:07pm

    In 1993, Hawaii’s Supreme Court ruled that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated state constitutional equal protection rights unless the state could show a “compelling reason” for such discrimination. In 1996, a trial court ruled that the state had no such compelling reason and the case headed back to the Supreme Court. Voters adopted a Constitutional amendment in 1998, before the final ruling was issued, giving the Legislature the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples and effectively ending the lawsuit.
    Meanwhile, at the Federal level, DOMA was enacted and signed into law in 1996.
    Hawaii has now battled back to more-or-less (less, actually) the same state of affairs where this all began in 1993.

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