January 26, 2011
By Adam Bink
Today, the Hawaii Senate is scheduled to move forward on a civil unions bill, following passage of the bill out of a committee.
Via Equality Hawaii:
The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee passed SB232 SD1, Hawaii’s new civil unions bill, by a 3-2 vote Tues., Jan. 25.
Equality Hawaii thanks Sens. Clayton Hee, Maile Shimabukuro and Les Ihara, Jr., who voted in favor of the measure.
The bill now heads to the full Senate for a second and third reading. The second reading is slated for Jan. 26 with the final reading anticipated Fri., Jan. 28.
We thank all the groups and our members who submitted testimony.
You may remember that Gov. Lingle vetoed the bill last year. At the time, many called for a boycott with ferver. I did some writing (found here) on the tendency to always jump to a boycott of an institution, when there were often better ways to achieve the same goal. As I wrote, I always thought the best, and fastest, way to improve the situation was to elect Rep. Neil Abercrombie as Governor. That is now where he sits, and should the legislation make it to his desk, he will sign it with full support.
I often encounter someone- friend, stranger, colleague, family, otherwise- who express cynicism that the political process works and politicians only do things to ensure their own re-election, etc. etc. Just last week, I had the same argument with another friend. When Gov. Abercrombie signs the bill, proof will emerge again that elections really do often change things for the better. I felt the same way at the DADT repeal signing- sometimes, after you bang on it for awhile, the system really does work.