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Federal Judge Clears Way for Hawaii Civil Unions

Federal Judge Clears Way for Hawaii Civil Unions

UPDATED U.S. District judge denies two churches' request for a temporary restraining order.

State Says Halting Civil Unions Would Be ‘Devastating’ for Hawaii

Attorney general responds to lawsuit by churches trying to block law from going into effect.
Two Hawaii Churches Seek To Block Civil Unions

Two Hawaii Churches Seek To Block Civil Unions

UPDATED Pastors charge in federal complaint that their civil rights are violated.
Not a Word From Lingle on Her Most Difficult Decision

Not a Word From Lingle on Her Most Difficult Decision

UPDATED Former Hawaii governor doesn't mention civil unions veto in announcing U.S. Senate bid.
NY Gay Marriage Won’t Affect Hawaii … Yet

NY Gay Marriage Won’t Affect Hawaii … Yet

The historic law has been hailed by advocates who say it will act as a catalyst for change in other states.
Landmark Gay Rights Bills From Hawaii Legislature

Landmark Gay Rights Bills From Hawaii Legislature

Gender equity bill on governor's desk a bookend to civil unions bill earlier in session.
Civil Unions, Civic Courage

Civil Unions, Civic Courage

The bill-signing at the Hawaii governor's mansion was historic, triumphant and personal.
No Bridge for the Religious Divide?

No Bridge for the Religious Divide?

The signing of civil unions into law leads to reflections on whether Hawaii can come together after a long, divisive battle.
Civil Unions, Then and Now

Civil Unions, Then and Now

What a difference a year — and an election — makes.

Civil Unions Bill: New, Improved, Not Perfect

The Hawaii House will vote on a measure Friday that's better than the one passed by the Senate. But it still falls short.
Fast-Tracking Civil Unions

Fast-Tracking Civil Unions

The bill that appears headed to the Hawaii governor's desk — as early as this week — makes the fewest changes to the one vetoed last year.
Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii’s Religious Divide

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii’s Religious Divide

About 11 percent of state voters believe Christianity should have an official role in setting government policy, but four times that number say it should have no role at all.
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