POSTED: 06:55 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 10:07 p.m. HST, Feb 18, 2011
Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced today that he will sign the civil unions bill Wednesday at Washington Place, a day earlier than originally scheduled.
The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Video will be streamed live at the governor’s website at http://hawaii.gov/gov.
The state Senate on Wednesday voted 18-5 to give final legislative approval to Senate Bil 232, which would legalize civil unions in Hawaii. The bill allows all couples — same-sex and heterosexual — to enter into a civil union, a legal status with all the rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities as traditional marriage.
Hawaii would become the seventh state to grant civil unions to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself. Five states and Washington, D.C., permit same-sex marriage.