The moral advancement of Hawaii

Hawaii is about to increase the happiness of many of its citizens. And with no ill consequences.

Hawaii lawmakers gave final approval to civil unions Wednesday and sent the legislation to Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who plans to sign it into law.

Civil unions would begin Jan. 1, 2012, making the state the seventh to grant virtually the same rights of marriage to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself.

Now we just need these states to adhere to the Supreme Court ruling that said separate can never be equal. (Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt if same-sex marriage was federally recognized and sanctioned in every state. At least we would all be on board with the constitution at that point.)

4 Responses

  1. You mean the part of the constitution that authorizes the federal government to define marriage at all?

    Let me know when you find that. I might be wrong, its happened before, but in the ruling against DOMA one of the big issues was whether the right to define acts such as marriage was a power left to the states or the people as opposed to the federal government.

  2. The right of individuals to equal treatment under the law is a federal protection.

  3. It’s not a blanket “protection” though, far from it.

    Look at sentencing and statutes of limitations from state to state.

    Qualifications for getting a drivers license, running for office, qualifying for certain benefits. There are thousands of grants from all level of government that I don’t qualify for simply due to my ethnicity or my gender.

    There is a lot of leeway given here particularly with civil matters.

  4. Congratulations to Hawaii for growing into a mature adult status.

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