Lawmaker: Chances slim for civil unions revival in Hawaii

Posted on 09 Apr 2009 at 6:05pm
By Associated Press

Senate vice president says support for bill less than 50-50

HONOLULU — Despite some efforts to revise and revive the civil unions bill in the Hawaii Legislature, a key Democratic lawmaker says chances for the proposal are slim this session.

Senate Vice President Russell Kokubun says support appears to be less than 50-50 for the bill to move ahead even though an amendment has been proposed to make it apply to anyone, not just gay couples.

Gay rights advocates are holding out hope that the revision will lead to legislative approval.

The new language says explicitly that the bill isn’t intended to redefine marriage, which is limited to one man and one woman.

Kokubun gave his negative assessment after polling Democrats following a 45-minute Democratic caucus on Tuesday, April 7.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, www.starbulletin.com

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