Hawaii Gov. Meets with Civil Union Foes

By Julie Bolcer

Originally published on Advocate.com May 25 2010 9:15 AM ET

Hawaii governor Linda Lingle met with foes of the civil unions bill Monday as part of her effort to hear from both sides before she decides whether or not to veto the measure.

According to KHON-TV, “About 30 opponents of the measure attended a two-hour long private session in the governor's office.”

Lingle, a Republican, must make a decision on the measure, which would give same-sex couples the same rights as marriage, must make a decision on the civil unions bill by June 21.

As KHON-TV reports, “Recently the governor shared the factors she'll be considering as she weighs whether to veto, sign or let the measure become law without her signature: ‘How the economy, the fiscal situation of the government would be affected, what programs would we now have to expand to cover a lot more people for instance so what would the economic impact be?,’ asked Governor Linda Lingle.”