Committee Deadlocks on Hawaii Same-Sex Unions Bill

February 25, 2009 - 4:00 PM
A Hawaii Senate committee has deadlocked on a bill that would allow same-sex civil unions, but the legislation is still expected to move forward.
Honolulu (AP) – A Hawaii Senate committee has deadlocked on a bill that would allow same-sex civil unions, but the legislation is still expected to move forward.
 
The Senate Judiciary Committee took more than 15 hours of testimony before voting 3-3 on the bill at 3 a.m. Wednesday.
 
Democratic Senate leaders have said that if the panel became deadlocked, they would take the unusual step of yanking the measure from its committee and forcing a vote before the full Senate.
 
At least 18 of the 25 senators have said they favor civil unions, and the measure already has passed the Hawaii House. Republican Gov. Linda Lingle has not stated her position on the bill, which would make Hawaii the fifth state to allow same-sex civil unions.