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Civil Unions Bill Advances Out of Senate Committee

Civil unions bill advances out of Senate committee
By Star-Advertiser Staff
Jan 24, 2011

A civil unions bill substantively similar to a measure vetoed by the governor last year advanced out of a Senate committee today.

Senate Bill 232 passed the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee by a 3-2 vote, after a hearing that lasted just over two hours.

The bill now goes to the Senate floor for the second of three required votes by the full chamber.

Sen. Clayton Hee, committee chairman, sought to keep the hearing moving by limiting testifiers to 1 1/2 minutes each, saying he did not believe anything material could be added to the discussion.

The proposal in SB 232 is substantively the same as House Bill 444, Senate Draft 1, that Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed last year, calling it same-sex marriage by another name. It would grant same-sex and heterosexual couples the ability to enter into civil unions and receive the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as marriage under state law.

Voting in favor of SB 232 were Hee, along with Sens. Maile Shimabukuro and Les Ihara. Opposing votes were Sens. Mike Gabbard and Sam Slom.

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Senate panel OKs SB 232
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Maile Shimabukuro and Les Ihara. Opposing votes were by Sens. Mike Gabbard and Sam Slom. A proposal to allow couples — same- or opposite-sex — to enter into

Civil Unions advance in early session
KHON2
The committee advanced the measure on a 3-2 vote with senators Sam Slom and Mike Gabbard opposing, Chairman Clayton Hee, Vice Chair Maile Shimabukuro and

Civil Union Bill Moves Forward in Hawaiian Senate
Lez Get Real
Clayton Hee, Maile Shimabukuro and Les Ihara voted for the bill while Mike Gabbard and Sam Slom opposed the bill. The bill must now go to the full Senate