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Hawaii’s governor vetoes civil union bill

July 07, 2010

Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii on July 6 vetoed a bill that would have granted homosexual couples and heterosexual couples civil union status. “I am vetoing this bill because I have become convinced that this issue is of such significant societal importance that it deserves to be decided directly by all the people of Hawaii,” she said.

The Hawaii Catholic Conference praised the governor’s veto; Bishop Larry Silva of Hawaii had repeatedly urged the state’s Catholics to lobby against the measure.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 07, 2010 9:01 AM ET USA

    "this issue is of such significant societal importance that it deserves to be decided directly by all the people of Hawaii" -- This was exactly the same reason why the people of Massachusetts three times asked for a marriage amendment (marriage = one man + one woman) to be allowed for a vote in Constitutional Convention. Every time, the imperial legislature would not allow the proposed amendment to go to a full vote of the people. Key vote killers were fake-Catholics; bishops did nothing.