Civil Beat Staff

Chad Blair

Lingle Equates Civil Unions with Marriage of First Cousins, Brothers and Sisters

On Thursday's Rick Hamada radio program, the governor argued that civil unions is not a civil right, saying, "First cousins couldn’t marry, or a brother and a sister ... So there are restrictions ... "

Hawaii Links for Friday, July 9

Mufi Hannemann names some trees, Kamehameha admits another non-Hawaiian, and Kauai is no ka oi.

Hawaii Links for Thursday, July 8

Honoring the late William Richardson, the Atomic Monkey comes clean, and Inouye on NPR.
Hawaii Leaders Unite Behind Revised Akaka Bill

Hawaii Leaders Unite Behind Revised Akaka Bill

A divide between Gov. Linda Lingle and Hawaii's two U.S. Senators that threatened to derail passage of the Akaka Bill has been resolved. The newfound unity could help ensure passage of the measure that would be a significant step in recognizing a Native Hawaiian government. "Time is of the essence," Inouye says.
Inouye In Charge: A Study In Leadership

Inouye In Charge: A Study In Leadership

Hawaii's senior U.S. Senator held a federal hearing yesterday in Honolulu. That event and others show a veteran politician very much in command of his game.

Hawaii Senators Resolve Differences with Governor on Akaka Bill

Hawaii Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, in Honolulu for a congressional hearing, said they've reached agreement with Gov. Linda Lingle on amendments that would overcome her objections to the current bill.

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, July 7

Hirono files for re-election, Akaka and Inouye go to the State Capitol, and the five top candidates for Honolulu mayor debate.
Lingle Dodges Civil Unions Issue

Lingle Dodges Civil Unions Issue

Gov. Lingle wants "the people," and not their elected representatives, to decide the fate of civil unions. This after the people gave the Legislature the right to define marriage in a 1998 vote.
Hawaii Gov. Lingle Vetoes Civil Unions Bill

Hawaii Gov. Lingle Vetoes Civil Unions Bill

Gov. Lingle says House Bill 444 is "essentially marriage by another name." The process by which is was approved was flawed, she says, and the issue is of "such societal importance that it deserves to be decided by all the people of Hawaii."

Hawaii Links for Tuesday, July 6

Molokai fishponds, Democrats in Kona and approval for Hawaiian's Tokyo route.
The Civil Unions Decision: What’s At Stake Civil Beat

The Civil Unions Decision: What’s At Stake

Today, depending on what Gov. Lingle decides to do with HB 444, Hawaii will either join 10 other states and the District of Columbia in legally recognizing same-sex marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships, or remain on the side of 36 states that do not.

Hawaii Links for Friday, July 2

Top of mind: rallies for and against HB 444, tourism grants, and another political endorsement.