POSTED: 5:42 a.m. HST, Feb 3, 2011
The Hawaii House Judiciary Committee is taking up same-sex civil unions next week after the legislation already passed the state Senate.
The committee announced it has scheduled a public hearing on the bill Tuesday.
The measure would grant some of the rights of marriage to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself.
It's nearly identical to a similar bill that passed the Legislature last year before it was vetoed by then-Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican. New Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he supports civil unions.
The Judiciary Committee also will consider a separate civil unions bill during the same hearing.
The new bill provides many more details on implementation, rights, responsibilities and terminations of civil unions.