From the Honolulu Advertiser:
The state House Judiciary Committee approved a bill tonight that would legalize civil unions, sending the measure to the full House for a vote.
The vote was 12-0, with four lawmakers excused.
The bill would give same-sex couples who enter into civil unions the same rights under state law as heterosexual couples. Civil unions are not the same as marriage, however, since the partnerships are not recognized as marriage under federal law.
Lawmakers agreed to amend the bill to prevent partners who have entered into reciprocal beneficiaries under state law from joining in civil unions.
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