Wednesday was a monumental day for gay rights activists. The passage of SB232 and the promise Gov. Abercrombie made to sign the legislation has many supporters feeling giddy. The bill would extend the same rights, benefits, and protections to homosexual/heterosexual couples, as those extended to couples from a traditional marriage. This would serve as strictly a state recognized law. Sen. Sam Slom, who voted against SB232, asked that the Senate focus on economic issues rather than social issues. Another no vote came from Sen. Mike Gabbard who told colleagues to consider amendments which would include blood relatives. Support came from Sen. Clayton Hee who held Associate Justice, Sabrina McKenna, as an example of justice being served by SB232. McKenna is openly gay and was confirmed to the position of Associate Justice minutes before the civil-unions vote. The legislation passed by a 18-5 vote.
Here is a breakdown of how the Senate voted on SB232:
Suzanne Chun Oakland
J. Kalani English
Les Ihara Jr.
Donovan Dela Cruz
Donna Mercado Kim
A signing ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 23rd to begin at 1pm located at Washington Place. The ceremony will be streamed live.