Monday, February 1, 2010

Update from Hawaii

Last week I wrote about the pending civil union legislation in Hawaii.  A bill passed the state senate and was then slated for a vote in the house of representatives to send the measure to the governor.  It was unclear whether or not the governor would veto the bill or not.

Seems like we'll never know.

The house of representatives, which had previously strongly supported the bill, refused to vote on the measure.  What's worse, the vote to put off the vote on civil unions was anonymous: not one representative had to declare his or her position.

And guess what?  This is an election year.   Such cowardice.

How inconvenient that a vote on people's civil rights and the status of their relationships happen to interfere with politicians' need to duck and cover before an election.

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