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Hawaii Legislators Vote Yes to Historic Civil Unions Bill (HB444) – Interesting Tweets Leading Up to It

  1. that is #HB444 passed with 31 ayes and 20 noes. IT PASSES! about 1 hour ago
  2. A roll call vote is now being taken to pass #HB444. The votes are 31 ayes 17 noes. about 1 hour ago
  3. Rep Coffman reads from the Hawaii State Constitution that all should be treated equally. about 1 hour ago

  4. Rep Yamane is in opposition. about 1 hour ago via

  5. Rep Barbara Marumoto rises in support of #HB444

  6. Rep Bertram says he is for Civil Rights not for Civil Unions.! about 2 hours ago

  7. Rep Oshiro motions to pass #HB444 and Rep Karamatsu 2nds. about 2 hours ago

  8. Roll Call vote for accepting Senate amendments to #HB444 is 31 ayes 20 noes. IT passes. One more vote about 2 hours ago

  9. Rep Ching is in opposition of the Senate amendments to #HB444. about 2 hours ago

  10. Rep McKelvey agrees to Senate Amendments to #HB444

  11. RT @georgettedeemer: If motion to accept Senate amendments passes, a final reading vote still required. about 2 hours ago via 

  12. Rep. Ward rises in opposition to accept the Senate Amendments on #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  13. Rep Oshiro makes the motion and Rep Karamatsu 2nds. about 2 hours ago

  14. next motion is to agree on the Senate amendments to #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  15. Roll Call vote on reconsideration motion on #HB444 is 34 ayes and 17 noes. about 2 hours ago

  16. Finnigin believes in giving the people a straight answer. about 2 hours ago

  17. Finnigin annouces she will vote Yes on reconsideration of #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  18. RT @georgettedeemer: Now the motion is to reconsider action on indefinitely postponing HB444. about 2 hours ago

  19. RT @ddepledge: House votes 34 to 17 to bring back civil unions to the floor for consideration. about 2 hours ago

  20. Rep Ward rises in opposition of HB444 about 2 hours ago via 

  21. Motion to suspend the rules passed with 34 ayes! about 2 hours ago

  22. Blake Oshiro motions to take action on HB444 about 2 hours ago

  23. Roll call vote is being taking on the suspension of the rules. If this passes they move on to voting on HB444 about 2 hours ago

  24. it is a voice vote. about 2 hours ago

  25. not debate on suspension of rules. There will be a role call vote! about 2 hours ago

  26. Speaker Say is giving speech telling everyone to behave about 2 hours ago

  27. RT @GilKeithAgaran: House majority coming back to floor after caucus on HB444 reconsideration. about 2 hours ago

  28. Sorry we are still waiting on all the members to return from caucusing on #HB444 about 2 hours ago

  29. Caucus is coming back. Stand by and keep your fingers crossed! about 2 hours ago

  30. RT @EqualityHI: starbulletin Star Bulletin reports: House may take up #HB444 civil unions bill again today… http://bit.ly/9mZZou about 2 hours ago

  31. RT @rachelorange: it’s time like these that twitter is actually useful. waiting in anticipation of the potential passage of #HB444 about 3 hours ago

  32. Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. #HB444 about

  33. The anticipation of what might happen next and will history be made today in Hawaii on the passage of HB444 and equality for all. about 3 hours ago

  34. RT @LoomisISChawaii: After a long #HB444 seems to have electrified the gallery, anticipation for civil unions and @equalityhi! about 3 hours ago

  35. RT @ddepledge: The civil unions bill passed the Senate in Jan. If passed by the House today, it would go to the gov for her consideration. about 3 hours ago

  36. RT @ddepledge: The civil unions bill would give both same-sex and heterosexual couples the same rights as marriage under state law. about 3 hours ago

  37. RT @tracyhylokubo: 2day could be slightly redeemed if the House passes HB 444Relating to Civil Unions. A small victory on a day of sadness. about 3 hours ago

  38. RT @rachelorange: I am hoping our Representatives have the courage to vote on and pass HB444. Pretty please…. :) about 3 hours ago

  39. Fear should not win over equality! Legislators, do the right thing and pass civil unions. See the video here: http://bit.ly/9ahmnA about 3 hours ago

  40. RT @theHI: 11 members would need to vote to force a roll-call vote on the motion. about 3 hours ago

  41. RT @theHI: A majority — 26 of 51 House members — would have to agree to the motion in order to bring civil unions back to the floor. about 3 hours ago

  42. The House Majority is caucusing. Will they vote to suspend the rules to bring back HB444.? #civilunions #HB444 about 3 hours ago

  43. Maj. Leader Blake Oshiro motion to suspend rules to bring back HB444. JUD Chair Karamatsu 2nd the motion. about 3 hours ago

  44. RT @ddepledge: House Majority Leader BOshiro makes motion to bring back civil unions bill. House Democrats go into caucus.

Citizens for Equal Rights is Producing a Photo Booklet of Civil Union/HB444 Supporters

Media Release:

Citizens for Equal Rights is producing a photo booklet of equal rights and civil union/HB444 supporters. The booklet will be distributed to House members to show mainstream community support for civil unions. See the message on the right, or go to www.tinyurl.com/equality4808.

HB444 supporters, please send in your photo today to:


Aloha! As you know, advocates for civil unions have not given up on passing H.B. 444 this session. But it does seem like a long-shot, unless we can show main­stream community support for HB444.

Here’s the situation. In January the senate passed HB444 back to the House, where its final vote was postponed indefinitely. Among the 33 civil union supporters in the House last session, several were against voting on the bill because they saw no point in passing HB444 if it might be vetoed. However, if 26 house members wanted a vote on HB444 before the end of the session (April 29), it could happen. Information on HB444 and the rights/benefits it provides are online at www.equali­tyhawaii.org/hb444.

No one knows whether the governor will exercise a veto, but the absence of any hint of veto has led many to believe the governor will allow the bill to become law without her approval. A majority of the 51-member house is 26 and a veto override requires 34 votes.

This month, we have a chance of fulfilling Hawaii’s legacy of equal rights and oppor­tunity for all. But to seek a vote on HB444, house members need to feel confident of community support for this bill. They want to know that community leaders, like you, will support their HB444 vote at this year’s elections.

So here’s our plan. We have formed a new group called Citizens For Equal Rights. CFER is planning to produce a booklet with photos of community members who support HB444. The booklet will be distributed to House members — grouped by community sector with 15-20 photos per page, for example: business, labor, civic, law, religion, education, health care, construction, real estate, sports, and other categories.

Would you be willing to appear in this booklet? Accepting this invitation would mean that you will go public with your support of civil unions in Hawai’i and the end of discrimination against gay and lesbian couples. To bolster community sup­port for HB444, CFER is also planning to run some newspaper ads and we’ll seek prior approval of any photos used in ads.

If you accept this invitation, could you email your photo and occupation (and title, if applicable) to equality808@gmail.com. We would also appreciate your asking friends and associates if they would be willing to go public with their support of equal rights and civil unions.

Whatever you can do would be most appreciated. Thank you.


Citizens for Equal Rights

To Tell The Truth on Hawaii Civil Union Bill HB444

Had to laugh at this little parody put together by someone:


Bite Them… HB444

BITE ME: We really should end the week with an emotionally satisfying rant suggesting the bigoted, homophobic, red-shirted troglodytes to shove their jesus and bible up their sociopathic asses so there won’t be room for that army of big hairy phalluses they apparently fear so much.

After all, it’s as obvious as it was a decade ago that you can’t fight the religious passion of mentally ill, deluded, heterosexual degenerates with clear rational logic and calmly reasoned arguments for civil rights…

I think you get the gist… but if you want to read more… I suggest you read Andy Parx post Bite Me.