In the end, it was business that caused the Hawaii Business Roundtable executive committee to cut its losses after angering customers and colleagues with its letter to the governor opposing House Bill 444.
Bowing to pressure from the community and its own membership, the Hawaii Business Roundtable has sent Gov. Lingle a letter clarifying its position on civil unions. The letter says it opposes discrimination, but still wants her to veto House Bill 444 because of technical and legal concerns.
As expected, civil unions bill makes the governor's potential veto list. "I have not made up my mind yet," she said. "I am still considering every point of view." A look at what's on the governor's mind, and the road ahead.
The Hawaii Business Roundtable, one of the state's leading business groups, is reconsidering its stance against HB 444, Civil Beat learned shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. Then around 5:30 p.m., the Honolulu Star-Advertiser posted a story on its website in which the group's executive director appeared to reverse his position.