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Will Hawaii’s Gays Be Able to End Their Civil Unions In Divorce Court?

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First, I love any local newscast where anchors don’t wear suits and ties. Second, we love any local newscast that actually explains what’s happening in the news. Like what happens now that Hawai’i’s HB 444 has passed and is en route to Gov. Linda Lingle, and what happens if she signs it. As Rep. Blake Oshiro — who brought the bill before the State House floor just hours before the legislative session expired, and at the same time came out to his colleagues — explains, gay couples looking to secure a civil union would basically go through the same process a marriage certificate requires (once the Dept. of Health creates that paperwork). But what happens if a civil union-ed couple wants to dissolve their union?

One fear: Divorce courts would turn them away, claiming it’s a “civil union,” and thus a civil court matter.

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  • the crustybastard

    ZOMG! How do we implement it? How do we dissolve it?

    Let’s just ignore the fact that there’s an entire body of matrimonial & family law and divorce courts that do an excellent job at addressing these very issues.

    Those laws can’t apply to gay citizens because…they’re, y’know, gay. Gay citizens have no valid right to equal protection of the law because the Fourteenth Amendment clearly states, “No Homo.” Okay, I’m pretty sure it’s in there somewhere. Even if it doesn’t say that, well…everyone knows that gays aren’t “people” or “citizens.”

    Instead, it just makes sense to create an entirely separate body of laws with lesser legal status and fewer benefits — a separate (but equalish enough for you people) institution that’s less likely to offend the Christians who believe that they invented and trademarked the word “marriage.”

    As a country, we are smart enough to learn from our mistakes. Undoubtedly, separate but equal will work this time!

  • Aaron in Honolulu

    Those are all my Ohana in the rainbow leis!

    Everyone that works at the capitol knows that Gov. Linda Lingle is a lesbian and is not very good at hiding it. She has said in other events and appearances, months ago, that if the bill came to her desk, she will NOT veto it. Who knows if she’ll keep her promise…

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