Press Room

February 16, 2011

Category: Civil Unions

Statement by Equality Hawaii and Human Rights Campaign on Passage of Civil Unions in Hawaii

Senate agrees to House amendments, sends bill to Gov. Abercrombie for signature.

Honolulu - Equality Hawaii, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, today applauded the Hawaii legislature for approving civil unions for the second time in ten months. The bill, which was passed in its amended form today by the Hawaii Senate on a 18-5 vote, now heads to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for his signature.

"We honor and thank the legislature today for their commitment to equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Hawaii, said Alan Spector, co-chair of Equality Hawaii. "For the second time in less than a year, legislators have dedicated themselves to providing dignity and respect to all families in the Aloha State."

"Finally, Hawaii families that are barred from being married will have the same rights and responsibilities under state law as their colleagues, friends, neighbors and other family members," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

The Human Rights Campaign and Equality Hawaii have worked closely together since 2008 to build both public and legislative support for civil unions in Hawaii. Through this joint effort, tens of thousands of phone calls, emails, postcards and handwritten letters have been sent to legislators urging them to approve this legislation. Learn more about our work to achieve LGBT equality in Hawaii and read the latest news in Hawaii on HRC Backstory.

Equality Hawaii is dedicated to securing equality for all Hawaii's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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