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UPDATE: 2/23/11 Success! Civil Unions Passed by Legislature, Signed into Law by Governor!

“This bill has been a long time coming for committed couples in Hawaii who have been denied the basic right to take care of their families. While we continue to work to achieve the freedom to marry for all couples, we commend the Legislature and Governor Abercrombie for taking a stand against baseless discrimination by passing this bill.” - Staff Attorney Laurie Temple

January 24, 2011

UPDATE 1/28/11: Civil Unions bill (S.B. 232) passes Senate floor vote! Now to House of Representatives...
Support S.B. 232 - Support Civil Unions in Hawai‘i!
On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee heard and passed out of committee Senate Bill 232, which will  extend the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union.

On Friday, January 28, 2011, the full Senate heard and passed S.B. 232! Now the bill moves to the House of Representatives.

Please THANK your Senator(s) who voted for the bill, and contact your the House Representatives today to show your support for the civil unions bill, defend the civil rights of same-sex couples, and ensure the unity, security, dignity and stability of all Hawaii's families!

Hawaii law currently provides same-sex couples only the option of entering into an inadequate “reciprocal beneficiary” (“RB”) relationship. RBs don’t provide comprehensive protection for same-sex couples and their families, particularly in areas like parenting, financial stability and relationship dissolution. These protections are not necessary or appropriate for many couples in RB relationships (such as siblings).  Opposite-sex married couples have access to hundreds of protections, benefits, and responsibilities under Hawaii law, but RBs only have access to 60.  Enacting civil unions legislation will provide a safety net for same-sex couples and their families and will ultimately strengthen our families and communities.

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