The Maui News - The state Department of Health now has information on Hawai'i civil unions posted online. The ability of couples to enter into civil unions will become law Jan. 1, 2012, and the online application process also will be activated online at midnight on that date. But paperwork will not be able to be completed in advance because the law is still not in effect.
"People in Hawai'i and in other parts of the world are eager to get more information and begin planning their civil union ceremonies in Hawai'i," said Dr. Alvin Onaka, the Health Department's state registrar, noting the online information already posted. "We will be ready at midnight on Jan. 1 with an accurate and efficient online process that will serve the public well for submitting applications, paying fees, registering events and receiving their certificates for civil unions."
The law allows all couples, same-sex and heterosexual, to enter into a civil union, a legal status with all the rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of traditional marriage. For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, visit www.hawaii.gov/doh/civilunion.