Two queer news tidbits!
First, according to The Washington Post, Hawaii finally lei’d down the law last Friday with an 18-7 vote in favor of civil unions (only 13 votes were needed for the vote to pass). If the law passes, all partners in Hawaii will receive the same rights and benefits given to married couples, making Hawaii the sixth state (after CO, WI, MD, ME, and NJ) to legalize civil unions. Though legislators seem unsure as to whether the law will pass in the state House, speaker Calvin Say says the issue is “very close.”
Next, after consistent inaction on the military’s highly controversial Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, President Obama finally plans to tell us the answer to what we’ve been asking him all along: what’s happening with DADT? Apparently, we’ll find out during this Wednesday’s State of the Union speech, though no one seems sure just yet what he’ll have to say… To repeal or not to repeal? Stay tuned!