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 ... "
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.
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.
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."
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.