25 Feb 2011

Hawaii civil union law disappointes opponents

9:00 am on 25 February 2011

Opponents of civil unions are disappointed that the measure has been signed into law in Hawaii, despite protest vigils outside the Governor's residence all week.

Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill yesterday making Hawaii the seventh U.S. state to grant the measure to same-sex couples without authorising marriage itself.

A majority of lawmakers in Hawaii supported the passage of the bill through the state's House and Senate.

A protester, Zahava Czara, says opponents are disillusioned with the Governor's stance on this bill .

"I think basically many of the local people here that are concerned, the concern is as I heard some of the prayers last night from local Hawaiian women saying Please God, bring back the righteousness to Hawaii nei."