Gov. Lingle adds civil unions bill to potential veto list
HONOLULU, Hawaii: At a press conference on June 21, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle announced her potential veto list of 39 bills, including HB 444, which would allow same-gender couples to form civil unions. By adding it to the list, Lingle bought herself two more weeks to decide on it, and now has until July 6 to either sign it or veto, otherwise it becomes law without her signature. It has been on her desk since May 3.
Lingle said she has gone back and forth on the issue, calling it the most difficult before her. Her office has received some 20,000 letters, faxes, emails and phone calls regarding the bill, most of which are said to be against civil unions. Democratic leaders in the legislature have said if the bill is vetoed, they may try to override it.