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State Senate Says YES: Hawaii Is ThisClose to Gay Civil Unions

In a veto-proof 18-7 vote, the Hawai’i State Senate yesterday voted to approve an “everything but marriage” civil unions bill for gay and straight couples, leaving the State House — which already approved a gays-only civil unions bill — with the momentum to line up its bill with the Senate’s version.

Then it’s off to the desk of Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who hasn’t said whether she’ll support the bill, but has urged lawmakers to drop the issue altogether. Which could be a moot point if the House scores at least 34 votes, ensuring another veto-proof passage.