Hawaii Governor Vetoes Bill to Allow Same-Sex Unions

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July 7, 2010


"In a controversial last-minute decision, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have allowed same-sex civil unions in her state. The move was a setback for gay rights groups, and once again thrust Hawaii onto the frontlines of the national battle over gay marriage.

"Moments after the veto, gay rights groups resolved to continue fighting to legalize same-sex unions there.

"Gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii released a joint statement saying they had readied a lawsuit.

"'This was a sad surrender to political expediency that does not support business or family interests, but damages them,' said Jennifer Pizer, National Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal. 'We would have preferred to see couples win fair treatment through the political branch rather than having to pursue legal action. However, we're still ready to do what's necessary so our clients can protect their loved ones.'"