Abercrombie moves up civil unions signing

Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011

HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is planning to sign civil unions into law a day earlier than expected this week.

Abercrombie’s office announced the bill signing will be held Wednesday at Washington Place.

The civil unions bill passed the state Legislature on Wednesday. The governor has 10 business days to take action on it, or else it would become law without his signature.

The legislation allows same-sex and opposite-sex couples to enter into a civil union with the same state rights and responsibilities as traditional marriage.

It will become the first measure the Democratic governor will sign into law since taking office in December.

Abercrombie has said civil unions respect diversity, privacy and reinforce values of equality.

The signing ceremony will be shown live on the governor’s website.

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