Hawaii Governor to Sign Same-sex Civil Unions Bill

Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 07:26 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

HONOLULU (AP) — Same-sex civil unions will become legal in Hawaii when Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs a bill granting gay partners the same state rights as married couples.

Abercrombie plans to sign the legislation during a ceremony on Wednesday.

Civil unions would start Jan. 1, 2012, making Hawaii the seventh state to permit civil unions or similar legal recognition for gay couples.

Five states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

The civil unions bill will be the first legislation that the Democratic governor signs into law since he was elected in November.

The measure passed the Legislature last week following more than two years of large protests and election battles.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Singer Joe Cocker Dies at 70

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 13:45 PM

Joe Cocker, the British singer who had numerous hits in the 1970s and '80s including a barrel-throated rendition of Wit . . .

US Indian Tribes Tread Carefully Into Marijuana Debate

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 15:12 PM

When the federal government announced this month that it would allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana,  . . .

Family Has Taken Santa Photo Every Year Since 1955

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 14:58 PM

For 60 years, the Wilson family of Seattle has followed the unique Christmas tradition of posing on Santa's lap for a ph . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved