Hawaii won't vote on same-sex civil unions bill
Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.
HONOLULU — Lawmakers in Hawaii have decided not to vote on a bill that would have allowed same-sex civil unions in the state, a move that effectively kills the measure.
The state's House of Representatives indefinitely postponed a vote on the bill to grant gay couples the same rights and benefits the state provides to married couples.
Civil union supporters in the House gallery on Friday shouted, "Shame on you!" while opponents cheered.
The state Senate had approved a civil unions bill last week. But House leadership wavered on pushing the controversial issue during an election year.
Last year, 33 of 51 House members voted in favor of civil unions.
Republican Gov. Linda Lingle had refused to say whether she would veto a civil unions bill or let it become law, if lawmakers had approved it.