While the measure is expected to pass, it is still unclear if Republican Governor Linda Lingle will sign or veto the bill. She has urged the legislature to drop the measure, arguing that time should be spent on economic issues. (I love it when politicians say that, as if equality weren't an economic issue. It is, of course. It's just an economic issue for people they don't care about.)
AP also writes:
Slowly but surely.Elswehere, at least one other state, New Mexico, appears poised to seriously consider a civil union measure. Bills in Illinois and Minnesota also may surface. Colorado, Wisconsin, Maryland and Maine have limited laws allowing same-gender civil unions. Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut permit same-sex marriage.