The Hawaii legislature, in the final minutes of this years session, broke the trust of its people by voting to allow HB444 regarding civil unions to become law. Although they needed a 2/3rds majority, as this bill was originally voted to be tabled for the year, they then conducted a "sneak attack" and voted to suspend their own rules and to allow a simple majority vote for the bill to pass. It then passed by a vote of 31-20.
The opposition rally to this bill numbered around 12,000, while the bill supporters numbered around 100 during their rally. This bill would allow gay couples to have the same benefits and rights as married couples, and the vast majority of the state clearly oppose this bill.
Our hope is now that the Governor will veto this bill, as the Speaker of the House has publicly stated that he will not call for a special session to try for an override.
We ask that you now stand with us and contact Governor Linda Lingle (phone: 808-586-0034 - fax: 808-586-0006 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) to encourage her to veto this bill. She has until July 6th to sign, veto, or allow this measure to become law without her signature.
Hawaii Christian Coalition Chairman Garret Hashimoto will be meeting with the governor on May 24th to encourage her veto.
Please help us generate as much feedback to her office as possible.
(Click here and visit the Hawaii Christian Coalition online)