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The Promise of Civil Unions in Hawaii Just Disappeared: State House Twiddles Thumbs on Bill

Gays in Hawaii were hopeful that, after half a decade of being part of the United States, they would join jurisdictions like New Jersey and become a “second-tier” gay marriage state, with legislators finally passing a civil unions law. Those hopes were shattered yesterday: After the Senate voted for the measure, lawmakers in the house decided to pass.

The bill was tabled indefinitely in the State House; last year, the House managed a vote with 33 of 51 votes in favor.

Why the delay? Elections, say activist on the ground. Legislators don’t want to have a scarlet letter on their record as they hope to win their jobs back for another season.

Sad day, kids. Sad day.