A recent study that argues civil unions will give a modest boost to Hawaii’s economy and have little negative impact on state government has been made public. Civil Beat reported on the study May 20.

The authors of the study, which was released May 24, are Sumner La Croix, a professor of economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Kimberley Burnett, an assistant specialist with University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization.

Also now available is a new study identifying the rights, benefits and responsibilities of civil unions as compared with Hawaii’s reciprocal beneficiaries law. The study, dated May 24, was produced by Hawaii’s Legislative Reference Bureau at the behest of state Sen. Les Ihara, a Democrat.

The 12-page civil unions study can be accessed here.

The Legislative Reference Bureau’s 19-page report on reciprocal beneficiaries and civil unions can be viewed here.

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