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Still think Hawaii is gay-friendly?

Bill to allow civil unions may be stalled in House <-- links to the article, but here's some history from that article:

A landmark Hawai'i Supreme Court decision in 1993 ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban violated the Hawai'i Constitution unless the state could justify the prohibition. Based on that ruling, a 1996 Circuit Court decision required the state extend the same rights, benefits and obligations to same-sex couples as those given to married people.

In 1998, however, the Hawai'i electorate voted by a margin of more than 2-to-1 for a constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

In 1997, the Legislature passed a reciprocal-benefits law allowing same-sex couples to obtain some of the benefits of married couples. Gay rights advocates say that law offers them little.

The committee also heard testimony on House Bill 537, which would add sexual orientation as a protected status under laws prohibiting discrimination in housing. Gay rights advocates testified in favor of the measure, saying sexual orientation is among the most neglected forms of discrimination. Officials from Brigham Young University-Hawai'i urged an exemption for religious groups.