Both sides of civil unions bill eagerly await Governor's decision

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May 3, 2010


"Supporters and opponents of the civil unions bill are eagerly awaiting Governor Lingle's decision on whether to sign it. House Bill 444 was passed three days ago, but people on both sides of the hot-button issue say the battle isn't over.

"...The measure provides gay couples the same rights and responsibilities as married couples in Hawaii.

"...'Things like how you may pay your state taxes or even something as simple as people who want to change their name to have the same family name, so it will be understood that they're a family, it's quite difficult if you're a same-sex couple,' Jennifer Pizer, Lambda Legal, said."