Hawaii's stridently anti-gay Republican Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona has announced Gov. Linda Lingle will mark the pending civil unions legislation on the potential veto list Monday, reports KITV.
"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."
The Hawaii House passed HB444 by a 31-20 vote on April 29. The bill passed the Senate 18-7 in January. The Senate vote was enough to override a veto, but the House vote was not. The House would need 34 votes to override.
Evangelicals, social conservatives and the Hawaii Catholic Diocese organized massive anti-gay demonstrations against the legislation. The Catholic and staunchly anti-gay Aiona, who is running to succeed Lingle, has slammed HB444 and promised a November voter referendum on civil unions if the bill is passed.