The exception is Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who said HB 444 "was not a same-sex marriage bill."
In a statement issued from Maui, where he is campaigning, Abercrombie said, "Civil unions respect our diversity, protect people's privacy, and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha. It will be up to the next governor and legislature to ensure that all people of Hawaii receive equal treatment."
Republican Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said if he were elected governor, he would propose a constitutional amendment "so the people can define marriage once and for all."
Aiona commended the governor for making "a courageous decision" to veto the bill. But he also blasted the legislature for trying to put pressure on the governor by not calling for a special session to override vetoes.
"To put that kind of pressure on one person, especially during an election year, and knowing how this issue is falling, that's just totally unfair," Aiona said.
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, campaigning today on Kauai, issued a statement, saying he "firmly support steps to let the people of Hawaii have the final say on an issue that has generated passionate perspectives.