With Gov. Abercrombie preparing to sign the Civil Unions Bill on Wednesday, we asked our readers to share their opinions on civil unions. About 75% of the comments and emails were in favor of civil unions. Here are a few of the responses:
Sue: “Against civil unions because marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
James: “Marriage existed long before Christianity did. Marriage is not unique to Christianity. Therefore we should not allow Christianity to hijack the institution of marriage.”
Jen: “Marry whom every you want, as long as they are humans! Aren’t there more important things to fight about…like our country’s debt?”
We thank everyone for sending us their opinon on the issue. Please keep them coming as we encourage dialogue on every subject. In case you were wondering, the signing ceremony will be live streaming on the governor’s site.
UPDATED: 2/16/2011 1:28PM
By a 18-5 margin. Senate Bill 232 passed the Hawaii State Senate. Roars from the rafters were heard as the final tally was confirmed. The bill is now slated to reach Gov. Abercrombie’s desk in a few days where he is expected to approve the measure. Supporters of the bill will be hosting a “Thank you” sign waving session in front of the Capitol at 4pm.
We’ll have a full write-up on the proceedings of the vote on Friday.
The Hawaii Senate decided to hold off on a final vote on Senate Bill 232 until today. The Senate was scheduled to vote on Tuesday, however, Sen. Clayton Hee explained the senior body used the extra day to ensure all legal notice requirements were observed.
SB232 would grant all couples, same-sex or heterosexual, the ability to enter into a civil-union, a legal status with all the rights, benefits and protections of a traditional marriage.
There is much anticipation leading up to the vote. Supporters and opponents alike are waiting for the final tally. Many supporters are excited to see the quick movement with the incentive that Gov. Abercrombie has stated he would sign the bill.
Desperate America Report will have live updates on Twitter as the vote nears. If you are personally in attendance please tweet us the events as they happen.