Media release | Office of the Governor
Honolulu – Today the state Senate passed out the civil union measure (SB 232 SD1 HD1). It now goes to Governor Neil Abercrombie who has 10 legislative days (after transmittal and excluding weekends, holidays, and recess days) to sign the measure. Following the bill’s passage, Governor Abercrombie issued the following statement:
“I have always believed that civil unions respect our diversity, protect people’s privacy, and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha.
“I appreciate all the time and effort invested by those who shared their thoughts and concerns regarding civil unions in Hawai‘i. This has been an emotional process for everyone involved, but that process is now ended. Everyone has been heard; all points of view respected.
“For me, this bill represents equal rights for all the people of Hawai‘i.”
A media advisory regarding details on bill signing for SB 232 SD1 HD1 is forthcoming.