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01/23/2010

HI progress, how ya doin'?

by Jeremy Hooper

State-Flag-Hawaii-1Encouraging news for those seeking to get almost-married and then celebrate that relational step with a drink in a big ass coconut: By an 18-7 vote, the Hawaii Senate passed a bill legalizing civil unions:

Victory in the Hawaii Senate! [HRC Backstory]

Next steps: The house, where a veto-proof majority (34 out of 51 votes) would be ideal, since no one seems certain how Republican Governor Linda Lingle will handle a passed bill. She's a bit of a ?, even on this matter of basic movement towards =.

So this senate passage is just a step, but certainly a welcome and long overdue one. We just hope that if it is ultimately birthed in the Aloha State, social conservatives will accept these certificates more readily than they accept the papers proving our president's Hawaiian begetting.

**UPDATE: The Star Bulletin on the possibilities:

The House can hold the bill and not act, killing it, or approve the bill with the Senate amendments and send it to Gov. Lingle for her approval or rejection.

If the bill is vetoed, the House and Senate would have to vote with a two-thirds majority to override Lingle's veto.

The House could also disagree with the Senate amendments, go into a conference committee with the Senate and write a third version of the bill, which would have to be voted on by both the House and Senate before going to the governor.

Civil unions now closer to reality after 18-7 vote [Star Bulletin]

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Guess the Mormons didn't get enough visitors to their Polynesian Village this past year to fund an initiative against us.

Posted by: Mykelb | Jan 23, 2010 6:48:40 PM

Hey, does anyone frakking know WHY precisely so many Americans have been convinced that "Civil Unions" are exactly like "civil marriage", just without the name?! You have NO idea how often I have been put into the place of explaining that there are over 1,000 legal state rights that are in NO way covered by a "civil union" or a "domestic partnership"; and how, unlike a "civil marriage", if there was a time of crisis, a "Civil Union" or a "Domestic Partnership" would confer NO protection what-so-ever leaving us in our relationships to be legal strangers, etc.!

What does NOM *not* get about that shite?! Even the national Media (like CNN) seems to be reporting, incorrectly (fueling the misinformation) that CUs and DPs are "the same" as marriage!

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Jan 24, 2010 3:16:46 PM

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