Hawaii civil-union bill advances

Star Bulletin
February 6, 2009
Hawaii lawmakers have moved forward a bill supporting civil unions for same-sex couples. A packed room of people wearing gold stickers with the word "Equality" on them erupted in loud cheers and hugs as the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bill 12-0 last night. The measure advances to a vote before the full House next week, where a majority of representatives - 32 out of 51 - have already said they support the civil-union measure. If it passes, the bill would then move on for consideration by the state Senate. (Link)