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Hawaii Governor Vetoes Same-Sex Civil Union Law

July 7, 2010

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle

Tuesday, Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii has decided to leave the decision about Civil Unions to the voters by vetoing legislation that would have permitted same-sex civil unions.

“It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials.”

On many occasions, Governor Lingle has stated her personal opposition to same-sex marriages, but ultimately made her decision based on the opinions of her constituents.

About 60 percent of the more than 34,000 letters, telephone calls, e-mails and other communications from the public to the governor asked her to veto the measure, the governor’s aides said late last week.

Supporters of the bill are not giving up.

“We had hoped the governor would do the right thing for civil rights an equality.  This battle is far from over.”

Immediate legal measures are expected, but eventually it will be the voters of Hawaii and not the courts that decides the fate of this measure.

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