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Civil Unions: Video of a Day of Drama

Video images from the state capitol show strong emotions from advocates on both sides of civil unions on the day Lingle vetoed the bill.
One Word Missing from Lingle’s Veto Message

One Word Missing from Lingle’s Veto Message

The word constitution never appears in Hawaii governor's explanations of why she rejected civil unions bill. Yet that's the key word in the whole debate over civil unions and whether some people can be deprived of a right enjoyed by others.

National Pundits Pile On Civil Unions Debate

Had Gov. Linda Lingle signed House Bill 444 into law, Hawaii would have become the sixth state to recognize civil unions; five others and the District of Columbia have same-sex marriage. Instead, the civil unions bill was vetoed Tuesday. National media and pundits react to the news.

Hawaii Reacts to Civil Unions Veto

After years of debate on gay rights and months of discussion on the merits of one proposal, Gov. Linda Lingle on Tuesday vetoed House Bill 444, the civil unions bill. Reaction to her decision — positive and negative — poured in from around the state.

Civil Unions: Photos of A Day of Drama

Scenes from the Hawaii State Capitol on the day Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed House Bill 444. Some reacted with joy, others with sorrow.
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.

Civil Union Proponents Promise Lawsuit

Lambda Legal said it will soon file a lawsuit seeking equal protection for same-sex couples under state law. The group and the American Civil Liberties Union had threatened a lawsuit last year and in February 2010 when the Hawaii Legislature moved slowly on House Bill 444.
Capitol Alive on Day of Civil Union Decision

Capitol Alive on Day of Civil Union Decision

"Shame," yelled one supporter of the bill. "Thank God," said opponents. The scene outside Gov. Lingle's office door when she announced her veto of the civil unions bill was an emotional ending to a long and dramatic day.
Pictures From The Hawaii Capitol Today

Pictures From The Hawaii Capitol Today

Supporters and opponents of House Bill 444 are gathered at the state Capitol today to await Gov. Linda Lingle's decision on whether to legalize civil unions in Hawaii. See the scene in Civil Beat photos.

Lingle Invites Justice Levinson to HB 444 Decision

The Hawaii Supreme Court judge whose 1993 opinion marked the beginning of the state's debate on gay rights will be there when the fate of the civil unions bill is decided today. Justice Steven H. Levinson was invited by the staff of Gov. Linda Lingle to attend her announcement, he told Civil Beat.
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."
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.
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