Hawaii Senate advancing on civil unions

January 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm 41 comments

By Adam Bink

Today, the Hawaii Senate is scheduled to move forward on a civil unions bill, following passage of the bill out of a committee.

Via Equality Hawaii:

The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee passed SB232 SD1, Hawaii’s new civil unions bill, by a 3-2 vote Tues., Jan. 25.

Equality Hawaii thanks Sens. Clayton Hee, Maile Shimabukuro and Les Ihara, Jr., who voted in favor of the measure.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for a second and third reading. The second reading is slated for Jan. 26 with the final reading anticipated Fri., Jan. 28.

We thank all the groups and our members who submitted testimony.

You may remember that Gov. Lingle vetoed the bill last year. At the time, many called for a boycott with ferver. I did some writing (found here) on the tendency to always jump to a boycott of an institution, when there were often better ways to achieve the same goal. As I wrote, I always thought the best, and fastest, way to improve the situation was to elect Rep. Neil Abercrombie as Governor. That is now where he sits, and should the legislation make it to his desk, he will sign it with full support.

I often encounter someone- friend, stranger, colleague, family, otherwise- who express cynicism that the political process works and politicians only do things to ensure their own re-election, etc. etc. Just last week, I had the same argument with another friend. When Gov. Abercrombie signs the bill, proof will emerge again that elections really do often change things for the better. I felt the same way at the DADT repeal signing- sometimes, after you bang on it for awhile, the system really does work.

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41 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peterplumber  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm


    • 2. Ann S.  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      • 3. JonT  |  January 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

  • 4. Lesbians Love Boies  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    This is encouraging.

    • 5. Ed Cortes  |  January 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm


  • 6. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    And Adam, you have once again, with this post, reminded us all of how important it is that we actually get out there and do something. The system works, but it only works if we actually get out there and make use of it. Otherwise, all it does it break down.

  • 7. isa  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Holy heck! They’re coming thick and fast! What will NOM do if a majority of states pass civil union/marriage acts?

    • 8. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Add another turbo booster to their spin machine!

      • 9. Peterplumber  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

        Hopefully, they will go broke trying to defend “traditional marriage”.

        • 10. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm


        • 11. Chris in Lathrop  |  January 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

          Here’s hoping!

          • 12. Peterplumber  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

            Read this clip from the recent NOMblog:

            Gay-marriage advocates are pushing hard in multiple states, stretching our resources in the next few months. We are fighting for marriage in states across the country, including Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa, and elsewhere, as well as defending DOMA nationally. Can you become a monthly donor today to give us the resources we can count on to plan? Just $5 every month would make a huge difference. Or, if you aren’t in a position to make that kind of monthly pledge, a one time donation of $10 or more will help us stand–with you–for God’s truth about marriage.

            They are streatched thin.

    • 13. nightshayde  |  January 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      They’ll ball up their little fists & stomp their little feet & hold their breath until they turn blue?

  • 14. Lesbians Love Boies  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Brian and Maggie are probably drooling about getting a free trip to Hawaii paid for by NOM.

    • 15. anonygrl  |  January 27, 2011 at 6:06 am

      Hopefully they will drive their bus to get there.

      • 16. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:21 am

        woot! (and hoot! too funny!)

      • 17. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:23 am

        they had the “VOTA” bus last time…what should they call the bus to Hawaii…maybe “S. S. Minnow”

        • 18. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

          Ouch! Don’t insult Gilligan and the Skipper, please! Although the thought of Maggie being trapped on a deserted island with Louis and Brian does seem like a bit of poetic justice, doesn’t it?

          • 19. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:46 am


        • 20. Ed Cortes  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

          How about the FLOTA bus?

          • 21. anonygrl  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

            OK… FLOTA bus made me spit coffee at my keyboard.

            And if they DO get stranded on a deserted island, can we refuse to go looking for them?

          • 22. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

            : D

          • 23. Richard A. Jernigan  |  January 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

            Better yet, send Tony Perkins to the same deserted island on a date with Scott Lively and Fred Phelps!

          • 24. Ed Cortes  |  January 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

            Don’t forget rent-boy rekers!!

          • 25. Ed Cortes  |  January 27, 2011 at 8:11 am

            @anonygrl – we only have to look for them if they can make a radio out of a couple of coconut shells, but who would they call?

          • 26. anonygrl  |  January 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

            Holy Ghost Busters?

          • 27. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

            How about if they plaster a huge HRC (Human’s for Right Commitments) on the bus ; )

  • 28. Rhie  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm


  • 29. Sagesse  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Adam, what are the prospects for this bill in the House and Senate in Hawaii?

    Gleefully picturing great angst in the halls of NOM.

    • 30. Kalbo  |  January 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I live in Hawaii. Prospects are excellent!

      Republicans LOST seats in the midterms here. Nearly all who voted for CUs last time were re-elected over the anti-CU candidates. And like Neil vs. Mufi in the primary, they tended to do so by large margins.

      The people here are for it. It will easily pass. ^_^

      • 31. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

        Hoping! thx for local perspective!

      • 32. Ed Cortes  |  January 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        Let’s all hope that the morons stay out of it!

      • 33. anonygrl  |  January 27, 2011 at 6:08 am

        Hey, if there is anyone we should contact in Hawaii in order to promote this, let us know, Kalbo! We are emailing and phone calling maniacs around here!

  • 34. Peterplumber  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    UPDATE Mass DOMA cases:
    Amicus brief by Pacific Justice Institute in support of reversing district court decision

  • 37. Kathleen  |  January 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I’m glad to see Hawaii making some progress. After all, this was the state that really started the ball rolling on the question of marriage equality.

    • 38. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  January 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Me too! I recall years ago hearing our Mormon church leaders calling for us to add to the defense of marriage in Hawaii. I didn’t know much about it at the time but recall thinking what the church proposed seemed reasonable…..how time, knowledge and hopefully wisdom can change us!

  • 39. Mark M - Seattle  |  January 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Adam, I sadly must disagree with you conclussion regarding the situation in Hawaii…..when and if the Governor signs this bill it will be a wonderful day, but hardly proof that the system works. More times than not elections bring the LGBT community MORE challenges not less.
    And what exactly did CC do to get Gov. Abercrombie elected? My friends in Hawaii who worked on his camgaigne have said nothing about any help from CC.
    Just curious

    • 40. Mark M - Seattle  |  January 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      No reply????

  • 41. Ronnie  |  January 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    ALOHA!!!!!…. = ….<3…Ronnie


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