In the eleventh hour, Hawaii State House of Representatives voted 31-20 in favor of a civil unions bill. The Senate passed the bill in January, but stalled in the House. DemocraticÂ House Majority Leader Blake Oshiro motioned to reconsider the bill that seemed unlikely to resurface this session. Â The rest is history.
Big Island Chronicle applauds the bill’s passage, having previously expressed support for Hawaii granting gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits the state provides married heterosexual couples. Hopefully, Gov. Linda Lingle will act as a progressive and tolerant Republican by choosing Â to not veto the legislation. We all have a basic human right to equality. Discrimination of one’s sexual orientation should not be tolerated. We should all speak up in favor of civil unions and any other measure that affords people their liberties. Honk for the State House of Representatives!