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Will Hawaii Give Civil Unions the “Shaka?”

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This post on the continuing effort to pass civil unions in Hawaii comes from HRC organizer Adrian Matanza: Opening Day 019This morning, the Hawaii state legislature opened their 2010 session. Our morning began with allied groups in front of the state capitol to greet the legislators and their staff to raise visibility of HB444 -- Hawaii's civil unions bill. While waving signs and the throwing the "shaka," passersby honked their horns in support of the legislation. (My colleague Tony Wagner gave me a full rundown on how to throw the correct and proper "shaka" and with practice, I will get it right.) Afterwards, we finished creating lobbying packets in partnership with Equality Hawaii with information about the bill. The materials include polling information demonstrating strong support for civil unions as well as information on how civil unions are good for the economy, the community and for businesses. We returned to the state capitol to visit with senators and deliver the packets before they vote, which could be as early as this Friday. Each state senator opened their offices to constituents today -- many of them with tons of food to share. Opening Day 006Sadly, Tony and I just had lunch and were too full to have any pupus (appetizers for us mainlanders) the senators offered. Most of those we talked to were excited to get to work and be able to vote Yes on HB444. This weekend, as the session gets underway, Tony and I, along with other HRC members and volunteers from Equality Hawaii will be reaching out to the community and collecting postcards to deliver to the legislators. If you'd like to join us, email me at adrian.matanza@hrc.org or give us a call at 702.241.0211.

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