Postedon May 26, 2010 at 08:00 am
Tourism and other businesses might benefit by about $7 million a year, but legalizing civil unions would otherwise have a minimal economic impact in the state, according to two University of Hawaii researchers.
Postedon May 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Hawaii governor, Linda Lingle, wants to hear from both sides before she makes a decision on civil unions -- and she held the first of two private meetings on Monday.
She's talking to people both for and against the measure that would extend the same rights as marriage to same-sex couples.
Postedon May 18, 2010 at 01:09 pm
Jonathan Capehart urges Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) to sign the state's civil unions bill: "Making HB 444 the law in Hawaii wouldn't make Lingle a radical. It would put her in a growing mainstream. It would put her on the right side of history. And it would confirm her as a leader -- which is how any aspirant for future elective office should want to be viewed."
Postedon May 03, 2010 at 03:12 pm
Whether civil unions for same-sex couples become legal in Hawaii is now up to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, whose office was flooded Friday with phone calls and e-mails from gay rights and religious groups after the bill won approval in the waning moments of the legislative session.
Lingle has long avoided saying whether she would veto the measure or allow it to become law. She has until July 6 to make a decision.
Postedon Apr 30, 2010 at 08:42 am
Hawaii House of Representatives Joins the State Senate in Overwhelming Support for Civil Union Bill
"Step in the Right Direction, Though Short of Marriage"
Postedon Apr 30, 2010 at 07:25 am
The bill to legalize civil unions of same-sex couples in Hawaii passed the State House by a 31-20 vote on Thursday in the last hours of the 2010 legislative session.
Postedon Apr 27, 2010 at 06:35 pm
One of the easier ways for legislators who are up for re-election to protect their seats is to prevent controversial bills from coming to the floor. That is exactly what is happening to Hawaii House Bill 444, the bill concerning civil unions that passed in the Senate and was subsequently derailed by Calvin Say and other scared and anonymous legislators in the House.
Postedon Mar 23, 2010 at 10:13 am
Opponents of the freedom to marry have long said the issue does not belong in the courts. Lately they have gone a step further.
They say Judge Vaughn R. Walker, the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, made a serious mistake by calling for a trial in a challenge to California’s ban on marriage equality rather than deciding the case based on paper submissions.
Postedon Feb 02, 2010 at 12:30 pm
February 2, 2010
Gay-rights advocates are preparing a lawsuit alleging that the state is violating the equal protection rights of same-sex couples by not passing a civil-unions law. The state House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone action on civil unions. The lawsuit will be based on a 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling which held that denying the freedom to marry was a violation of equal-protection rights under the state Constitution. [Link]
Postedon Feb 01, 2010 at 12:41 pm
February 1, 2010
The Hawaii state House voted Friday to indefinitely postpone any action on a civil unions bill in this session unless two-thirds of lawmakers vote to bring the bill back for consideration. [Link]