The Civil Union Law. The State Legislature approved Senate Bill 232 in February 2011 to recognize and establish the status of civil unions in Hawaii. Senate Bill 232 was signed into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie on February 23, 2011 and became Act 1, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) (2011). Civil unions were approved by the Hawaii Legislature in February 2011, and signed into law on February 23, 2011. Senate Bill 232 (Act 1), made same-sex and opposite-sex couples (gay marriage in Hawaii) eligible for civil union recognition beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
About Marriage Licenses About Civil Unions. Home» About Marriages and Civil Unions. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. state of Hawaii enjoy all of the same rights as non-LGBT people. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1973; Hawaii being one the first six states to legalize it. Following the approval of the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act in November 2013, same-sex couples have been allowed to marry on the islands.Discrimination protections: Both sexual orientation and .
Sep 20, 2013 · Latter-day Saints, who account for more than 5 percent of Hawaii's population, also quietly worked to defeat the Aloha State's push, in the mid-1990s, for gay civil unions. Charles Haynes, a First Amendment scholar in Washington, D.C., believes the Mormon emphasis on religious freedom is a good way for people of faith to move forward. Bills creating "civil unions" (Hawaiian: uniona kīwila) were considered several times, but failed to receive approval in legislative committees before 2009. In 2010, Hawaii House Bill 444 (HB 444), which would have created civil unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples, passed the Hawaii House of Representatives and the Hawaii Senate.