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Civil unions veto backlash begins

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Gov. Linda Lingle’s veto of legislation to grant civil unions to same-sex couples is generating rumblings of a possible boycott of tourism-dependent Hawaii.

Gay rights activists are discussing retaliatory actions but haven’t made any decisions. Still, the Internet is abuzz with expressions of anger, and some are urging people to avoid the Aloha State.

Leaders of Hawaii gay rights groups say a boycott would hurt isle residents and businesses that have supported civil unions, and that the issue needs more discussion. Other local activists say a boycott may be justified.

Lingle vetoed the bill Tuesday, saying it was tantamount to same-sex marriage.


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