Civil-union effort in Hawaii in danger of falling short

03/10/2009 | Google

A bill to offer civil unions to gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii is in danger of dying in a state Senate committee. The measure, which has cleared the state House and reportedly is backed by most lawmakers, received a tie vote in committee. Under most circumstances, a tie vote means a bill would not be given a full Senate vote, but Democrats are trying to invoke a procedural rule that would authorize a vote by the full body if more than half of the Senate gives its say-so, according to this article.

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