Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hawaii Kills Same-Sex Unions

The Hawaiian legislature has shelved a proposal that would have allowed Same-Sex Unions effectively killing it. The report says that a slight majority of the overwhelmingly Democratic legislature would have voted in favor of the provision, but they did not have the vote because the representatives were concerned about not being reelected.

"Hawaii lawmakers declined to vote Friday on a bill that would have allowed same-sex civil unions, effectively doing away with the measure.

State House leaders said a narrow majority of representatives would have voted for civil unions, but they decided to indefinitely postpone a decision on whether to grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits the state provides to married couples.

"A reader emails: “You might want to note that Hawaii is a one-party state; the state house of reps is 45-6 Democrat-Republican and the state senate is 23-2. Yes, your family has more members eating together at a breakfast than the Hawaii senate minority.”

I’m somewhat surprised to see that neither Andrew Sullivan nor his “underbloggers” have mentioned this yet.

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