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Breaking: Hawaii Governor Vetoes Civil Unions Bill for Same-Sex Couples

July 6, 2010

Republican Governor Linda Lingle, of Hawaii, tonight vetoed a civil union bill passed earlier this year by the Hawaii state legislature.  From the Associated Press:

Republican Gov. Linda Lingle’s action came on the final day she had to either sign or veto the bill, which the Hawaii Legislature approved in late April.

“There has not been a bill I have contemplated more or an issue I have thought more deeply about during my eight years as governor than House Bill 444 and the institution of marriage,” Lingle said at a news conference. “I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same-sex marriage, and find that House Bill 444 is essentially same sex marriage by another name.”

Here’s the doozy:

“It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials,” Lingle said.

Because no other important decisions have been made by a small group of representatives.  You know, things like the Declaration of Independence (oh wait, they weren’t even elected representatives).  Or Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq.  Then again, I guess those only involved life or death–not the institution of marrriage.

Appalling.

The audio of the full presser is here, via Good As You (where it’s rightly noted that her decision to veto the bill is, in fact, one person making a decision that has a huge impact on the lives of many families led by same-sex couples).

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