By Kim Gennaula
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Regarding the civil unions issue, it's all in the interpretation. Neil Abercrombie says it comes down to basic civil rights. James "Duke" Aiona says the governor is not the one who should decide this. It's the voters.
I asked them, "Is there a form of a civil unions bill that you would support?"
Aiona explains, "Absolutely and I said it was the reciprocal beneficiaries law that we have right now in existence. That's the law we have to work with. We need to continue to work with that law and we can make it right. But the civil unions bill that passed this year, HB 444 was just marriage by another name. That's all it was".
Neil Abercrombie says he would have signed House Bill 444 as it was. He furthers, "I did not believe it was an argument between redefining marriage and civil unions and trying to reconcile those 2 points.... marriage and civil unions.... I believed it was an attempt and a good faith attempt to implement the existing reciprocal benefits bill. Which had been passed and I believe supported by almost everybody."
Up next, in Part 9, we talk about a controversial and sensitive issue: The Federal Government's arrangement with Micronesia and its impact on Hawaii. It's costing our state over 100 million dollars a year.