Civil unions bill: Gov. Lingle's deadline Tuesday

Civil unions bill: Gov. Lingle's deadline Tuesday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tuesday is the big deadline for the controversial civil unions bill. Governor Lingle has not indicated what she'll do.

If passed, the measure would give same sex couples the rights, benefits and protections of marriage.

The Governor can either sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without her signature.

Since the last day of the legislature, about 34,000 people have sent comments to the governor on the issue.

Whatever that decision is, the Governor will have the final say on the matter.

That's because for only the third time in eight years lawmakers will not hold a special session to override her vetoes.

Part of the reason is that they don't have enough votes.

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