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Hawai‘i civil unions decision drawn out

July 1, 2010
Maui Weekly
The Associated Press - A final wave of rallies and letters were arriving at Gov. Linda Lingle’s doorstep last week as she pondered civil unions before a July 6 deadline. Same-sex rights groups hoisted signs at the Hawai‘i Capitol in favor of same-gender civil unions, while religious leaders asked their congregations to urge the Republican governor to veto the measure. Gov. Lingle put the civil unions legislation on her potential veto list, a move that bought her more time before making a final decision. She has two weeks to veto or sign the bill, or else it would become law without her signature. As of last weekend, nearly 20,000 letters, faxes, emails and phone calls had flooded the governor’s office, most of which opposed civil unions, according to the governor’s staff. Lingle said she is still undecided on the issue, which would allow same- and opposite-gender couples to form civil unions, which include many of the rights and responsibilities of marriage. The bill has been on her desk since May 3.


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