HAWAII: Same sex couples to get right to divorce in family court

HONOLULU, HI: Divorce in Hawaii: Same sex couples to get right to divorce in family court
Associated Press reports that the Hawaii Legislature is poised to give same sex Hawaiian couples more rights, including the right to file joint returns and to get a divorce in family court. That is interesting because they are not calling the situation a “marriage” but, rather, a “civil union.” At the same time, this union would be dissolved in family court. Interesting….here’s more from the AP:

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Legislature is poised to pass a bill allowing same-sex civil unions and send it to the governor, who plans to sign it.
The Senate accepted minor amendments to the measure during a voice vote Monday, with a final vote scheduled for Tuesday.
Hawaii would become the seventh state to grant essentially the same rights of marriage to same-sex couples through civil unions or similar laws.
Five other states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage.
Hawaii’s Senate already approved a version of the bill on a 19-6 vote last month. The amendments clarify that civil union partners could file state taxes jointly and get divorced in family court.
If passed, Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie would have 10 days to sign the bill into law. He has said he supports it.
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