Good As You: Hawaii Roundup

02/16/2011

Hawaii soon to be more civil, united

State Senate just voted 18-5 to give final legislative approval to civil unions. It now goes to Gov. Abercrombie, who has announced plans to sign: Lambda Legal Applauds Final Legislative Approval of Hawai`i Civil Union Bill [Lambda Legal]

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02/12/2011

Oh HI again: Renewed CU bill earning more than islands of support

Civil unions a step closer in the Aloha State: House approves civil unions bill in 31-19 vote [Honolulu Star-Advertiser] The measure now heads back to the Senate, where the body's already passed a similar bill. Making the likely assumption that...

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01/29/2011

Oh HI again: Basic civil rights rise from volcanic ashes

Late Friday, the Hawaii state Senate voted 19-6 in favor of civil unions. The same measure that Republican Gov. Linda Lingle unceremoniously pooh-poohed last year. The same measure that new Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign: Hawaii...

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07/07/2010

How does Lingle know she did the wrong thing?: Pt2

First it was Focus on the Family. Now Hawaii's Gov. Lingle has earned praise from a man who is on record calling for both gay people's criminalization and exportation from the United States: *SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]...

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They who make us sound like volcano praise Lingle's societal protection

Want further proof that Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle's civil unions veto was a homo-hostile move? Well here, this comes from Focus on the Family: I am pleased with the Governor’s action, and her statements even more so. Her words show...

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Audio: Gov. Lingle attempts to justify poor civil rights choice

And now here's Gov. Linda Lingle's post-veto radio show. It just gets worse and worse: Pt. 1 (*Unfortunately it starts about 9 minutes into the show): (direct link to audio clip) Pt. 2: (direct link to audio clip) Pt. 3...

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She thinks your civil rights should go to referendum. Let's go the phones

Yesterday she used her veto pen. Now it's time for us to use our dialing fingers: WEDNESDAY, JULY 7 “TALK STORY WITH GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE” - 7:05 – 8:00 a.m. (1pm EST, noon CST and 10am PST) Governor Lingle will...

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07/06/2010

Lingle vetoes HI civil unions bill!

*Press conference audio: (click to play audio clip) A majority ballot vote placed above the informed decision of a fairly elected legislature? A gay person's concerns for their family protection placed on the same footing as straw man fears about...

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05/17/2010

L.L. (R-HI) adopts far-right's signature move, yet to produce fair and principled one

Hawaii governor Linda Lingle (R) still hasn't said whether or not she will sign, veto, or not act on (and therefore allow to pass) the state's recently-passed civil unions bill. However, this comment has equality activists concerned: "It does appear...

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04/30/2010

HI, quasi-equality. How ya doin?

We have other civil union states. But when we get one where a drink served in a coconut is not an unreasonable request, can our ultimate equality be that far behind? That's the question on our minds this A.M.: By...

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01/29/2010

Justice de-leied is justice denied

Ugh: Today was supposed to be the day when Hawaii’s Civil Unions bill would head to the Governor’s desk for consideration. Although, after two years of hard fought wins, the state House approved a motion to postpone the bill indefinitely,...

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01/23/2010

HI progress, how ya doin'?

Encouraging 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!...

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01/18/2010

Video: Lei-m

Remember that classic "Brady Bunch" episode where Bobby found a Tiki necklace which proceeded to bring a whole host of ills (surfing accident, loose tarantula, Carol's hairdo) to the entire family? Yes? Well now leap forward to Hawaii circa 2010,...

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03/26/2009

50th state, 86ed measure

Hawaii's proposed civil unions won't be happening in the foreseeable future: HONOLULU (AP) — An effort to force a vote on same-sex civil unions has failed in the Hawaii Senate, essentially killing the measure. Only six senators supported the legislative...

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03/25/2009

Video: Thou shalt not 'lei' with mankind as with womankind

What logic is being used to fuel marital bias in Hawaii? Same coconuts, different island: "Aloha" is used to both greet and bid farewell. We'll let you guess which form of we'd like to direct to the idea that personal...

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02/06/2009

HI civil unions. Nice to see ya.

Yesterday in Hawaii, the state House Judiciary Committee unanimously (12-0, including two Republicans) approved House Bill 444, which would allow same-sex couples to enter into a civil unions system with the same set of rights as their married 'rosexual peers:...

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08/31/2007

Party of asses gets one more

Hawaii state senator Mike Gabbard, a primer: -- In 1991, he co-founded an organization called "Stop Promoting Homosexuality" -- A few years later, founded and chaired another organization called the "Alliance for Traditional Marriage" -- Is on record as saying...

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02/28/2007

Hawaii says aloha (the 'bye' form) not aloha (the 'hi' form) to civil unions

Proposed legislation that would've brought civil unions to the Aloha State seems to be dead on arrival, due to Hawaii lawmakers' failure to vote on the measure at yesterday's House Judiciary Committee hearing. True to form, we hear the dead...

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01/29/2007

'Mele ka-civil union' is the Hawaiian way, to say marry Chris/Chris, 'I do'

Democrats in Hawaii have introduced legislation that would, if passed, allow for gay couples to enter into civil unions. News to which we reply: "Hmm...civil unions? Not marriage? So another "separate but equal" situation?... ... ... Tell you what --...

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