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Both sides of civil unions bill eagerly await Governor's decision

Jennifer Pizer Jennifer Pizer
Ramona Pulusian Ramona Pulusian

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Supporters and opponents of the civil unions bill are eagerly awaiting Governor Lingle's decision on whether to sign it. House Bill 444 was passed three days ago, but people on both sides of the hot-button issue say the battle isn't over.

With hamburgers, chicken and other picnic staples, supporters of civil unions didn't let a little rain on Sunday stop them from celebrating the bill's passage. They simply moved their picnic from Kapiolani Park to the Local 5 union headquarters.

The measure provides gay couples the same rights and responsibilities as married couples in Hawaii.

"Things like how you may pay your state taxes or even something as simple as people who want to change their name to have the same family name, so it will be understood that they're a family, it's quite difficult if you're a same-sex couple," Jennifer Pizer, Lambda Legal, said.

Across town, members of the Catholic Church attended service Sunday evening. Ramona Pulusian believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, and also hopes the Governor will reject civil unions.

"They say that we're all created equally and all that, you know, so, I don't know, they have to have it in some other ways, but not marriage because marriage is something sacred," Pulusian said.

Pizer's group Lambda Legal was prepared to file a lawsuit if the civil unions bill did not pass.

The Governor says she is keeping an open mind and will make her decision after hearing from both sides.

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