Civil Unions To Go On Potential Veto List

Law Requires Legislature To Be Informed Of Possible Vetoes

 UPDATED 9:08 PM HST Jun 17, 2010

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said on Thursday Gov. Linda Lingle will put the civil unions bill on the veto list Monday when she informs lawmakers about bills she might veto.

Aiona said that does not mean the governor will veto the bill that would give all the rights of marriage under Hawaii law to same sex and heterosexual couples.

"It will be a potential veto and the governor right now is crafting her decision as to whether of not she will or will not veto that bill. Some, we will find out. The deadline for that is July 6," Aiona said.

The governor's potential veto list is to inform lawmakers of bill that might be vetoes to give them time to determine if they want to override her vetoes.

Both same sex couples and opponents of civil unions are waiting anxiously for the July 6 deadline to see what the governor will do.

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