The civil union bill passed third reading today on the House floor with 33 voting yes and 17 voting no. It will now crossover to the Senate for consideration.
Here are some of the things said by house members who rose to speak in opposition or support of HB 444 (taken from live Twitter stream):
@georgettedeemer: Rep. Blake Oshiro: There will be a day when acceptance and tolerance are not just words. Let that day be today.
@georgettedeemer: Rep. Chris Lee: My generation overwhelmingly supports equal rights for all couples.
@georgettedeemer: On the House floor. Rep Ward: "Civil Unions is really an end-run for same-sex marriage."
@thelmadreyer: Rep. Marumoto (R) in support of civil unions: "I believe everyone should love and be loved."
@thelmadreyer: Rep. Sylvia Luke (D) in support of civil unions and speaking about discrimination:"It [the civil union bill] brings us closer to equality."
@ddepledge: State House Minority Leader Finnegan says she grew up loving late sister who was gay. But she believes bill would promote same-sex marriage.
@ddepledge: Rep. Pine says supporters should not discriminate against opponents for being Christians, Mormons or Muslims.
Following the decision on the floor, the GLBT Caucus of the Democratic Party and the Family Equality Coalition held a Family Day at the Capitol to bring GLBT families, friends, colleagues and neighbors to talk story with lawmakers. The Hawaii Friends for Civil Rights also presented a check for $1000 to the Family Equality Coalition.
Photo: The GLBT Caucus and the Family Equality Coalition enjoy food and talk story with House members and staff during Family Day at the Capitol.