Grab your coconut bra and the tanning oil because it’s time to go to Hawaii and get civil union’d. You can have your civil union cake, wear your civil union dress and dance the night away on the beautiful sands next to the ocean.
Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office said he intends to sign the bill into law within 10 business days. Civil unions would begin Jan. 1, 2012, making the state the seventh in the nation to grant essentially the same rights of marriage to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself.
A little back story on my connection with Hawaii. My father was born and raised there and, although I wasn’t raised there myself, I spent a lot of time there, almost every summer, and eventually did my undergrad at the University of Hawaii. In 2009, my senior year, the civil unions bill came up and the only way to describe what happened on that tiny little island would be – DRAMA.
That was the first time I realized how closed minded a lot of the island was. It scared me because the entire notion of the laid back-local-accepting-island-culture went completely out the window. It was a reality check because all the local ‘uncles’ and ‘aunties’ I’ve come to love over the last couple of years were now staring everyone down yelling at us that we’re corrupting the sacred vows of marriage.
And I was like, “Damn… You already hate me and all I did was walk in the building…” Which is similar to the feeling you get when you walk into a club and you feel everyone is staring at you.
It was definitely an eye-opener. All my Hawaii friends were changing their statuses nonstop and it was great to live vicariously through them. I could tell how happy everyone was.
“I have always believed that civil unions respect our diversity, protect people’s privacy, and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha,” Abercrombie said in a statement released minutes after Wednesday’s vote. “For me, this bill represents equal rights for all the people of Hawai’i.”
Good job Hawaii! We’re one more step towards equality. On the opposing side, one conservative Christian had this to say:
“I feel very grieved for all of us. Now we’ll need God even more in our islands.”
There will also need to be even more lube and condoms on the islands as well.