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Video: Gov. Abercrombie signs civil unions bill


By Adam Bink

This is fun to watch, especially the part where the Governor of Hawaii gets planted one on the top of his head.

Via Joe over at AMERICABlog, if you missed it (and I did in a very busy week), here’s Gov. Abercrombie this past week signing the civil unions bill. Aloha, Gov. Abercrombie:

His joke about common, ordinary pens in the name of fiscal austerity is pretty funny. Reminds me of Gov. Jerry Brown flying Southwest.

A lot of fun to watch. I remember when Hawaii started all this with the court ruling on same-sex marriage. We aren’t there yet, but I’m glad couples can have important protections they deserve and want.



  • 1. Chris in Lathrop  |  February 26, 2011 at 7:44 am

    A step in the right direction is a welcome step. Aloha!

  • 2. Sagesse  |  February 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

    David Cicillene "I'm from Driftwood"… well, Rhode Island actually

  • 3. Ray in MA  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

    All Of Hawaii … A l o h a !

  • 4. Sagesse  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:06 am

    In case you missed this…

    Sen Patrick Leahy: I Will Cosponsor Feinstein's Bill To Repeal DOMA

    Sen Patrick Leahy: I Will Cosponsor Feinstein's Bill To Repeal DOMA

  • 5. Sagesse  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Oops. Link…

  • 6. Elizabeth Oakes  |  February 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I like how (at least right now) Joe’s photo and Leahy’s photos are sort of squared off against each other, like they’re both on Mt. Rushmore.

  • 7. Sagesse  |  February 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Mt Rushmore for the 21st century.

  • 8. Elizabeth Oakes  |  February 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    The other two, Olson and Boies perhaps? though I’d really like Nancy Cott in there too, because I’m a fan.

  • 9. Kathleen  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:20 am


  • 10. Don in Texas  |  February 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

    My apology if this has been posted previously:

    DOJ avoids question of DADT constitutionality.

  • 11. truthspew  |  February 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Suck it Bigots! It may be civil union now, but it'll be full marriage soon enough!

  • 12. Kathleen  |  February 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Spewing truth as always!! <3

  • 13. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm


  • 14. Sagesse  |  February 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    HRC petition to Congress. It won’t take my Canadian address, but don’t let that stop you…

    Don’t defend DOMA – repeal it!

  • 15. Elizabeth Oakes  |  February 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    And I am no longer WAW (Worried About Wyoming):

  • 16. Straight Ally #3008  |  February 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Wow, that's amazing!

  • 17. Ronnie  |  February 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I would like to Mahalo to Governor Abercrombie….<3…Ronnie

  • 18. Ronnie  |  February 26, 2011 at 8:20 am

    & now I will check the box…(sighs)….<3…Ronnie

  • 19. RebeccaRGB  |  February 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Mahalo nui loa!

  • 20. AB  |  February 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I wonder what the count on votes are regarding marriage equality in the Maryland House.

  • 21. AB  |  February 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    WHOA!! A new county clerk is trying to intervene in Perry v. Schwarzenegger as an appellant? What is going on?
    Will this get them standing? Is it possible so late in the game? Does it indicate that the appellants know they are going to lose in the CA SC?

  • 22. Straight Dave  |  February 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    These people are beyond hopeless. Do they like to get abused in court? But I suppose as long as someone stupid is willing to pay for it, you can always find lawyers who will swallow their pride and try to argue that God is green.

    IMO, the 9th made a mistake in focusing on the fact that the Deputy Clerk was the wrong person to show up, rather than clearly saying that none of the clerks had any basis for standing. That would have short circuited this silly little distraction.

    All this is so bogus. The clerks have no stake in it and suffer no harm. If they're unsure what their job is, go ask the Attorney General and he'll 'splain it to them.
    It's amazing how much money just gets pissed away to lawyers by somebody chasing these idiotic fantasies. I can't wait to see the next judicial smackdown. You'd think the judges would start getting annoyed.

  • 23. Straight Dave  |  February 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

    This was not meant to knock good lawyers like Olsen & Boies who truly are fighting for justice and equality. I know it's just a job for some of them, but I personally make a distinction in which side paid attorneys are working on. Many cases are "morality neutral", but not this one.

  • 24. Cat  |  February 27, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Don't the courts usually go for a narrow ruling? The fact that the deputy clerk couldn't show support of the clerk seemed sufficient to deny standing.

    I enjoyed the painful dismantling of the poor deputy clerk's lawyer's case (I know, it's not a good show of character on my part…). It makes one wonder if they will hire the same guy to defend their request for appeal…

  • 25. Straight Dave  |  February 27, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Robert Tyler, the lawyer who represented the Deputy Clerk the first time around, is the same guy who submitted this new appeal on behalf of the current clerk. I suspect he'll get his ass handed to him again. Fire up your popcorn machine, Cat (I don't worry about showing good character for shit like this – they deserve it). Here's hoping for another live broadcast.

  • 26. Kathleen  |  February 27, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Legal services are being provided pro bono by Advocates for Faith and Freedom. Wouldn't be surprised if it turns out that the same forces behind ProtectMarriage made a large donation to them. And as Straight Dave points out, it's the same attorney who was spanked during oral arguments coming back for more.

  • 27. Cat  |  February 27, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Hear hear!

    Did the court already announce there will be a hearing, or did they just set the schedule for filing the briefs?

    Another part of the previous hearing that I thought was amusing, was the part about the lack of a direct link between the Governor/AG and all the counties not part of the lawsuit. The way I understand it that the Governer/AG have the duty to make sure that all counties follow the same standards, but that the laws (and lawsuits about their consitutionality) do not directly affect the counties. The judges seemed unhappy about that, but recognized that it was part of the strategy of Olsen and Boies.

  • 28. Kathleen  |  February 27, 2011 at 5:07 am

    If you're asking about the hearing in front of the California Supreme Court, that hasn't been scheduled yet. They set a briefing schedule, but Plaintiffs and have submitted an application asking for an accelerated schedule.

    This motion for intervention from Imperial County has been submitted to the 9th Circuit. It's unclear how this will be dealt with by the Court, i.e., whether they'll simply ask for additional briefing or might want a hearing on this as well.

  • 29. AB  |  February 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Someone has to know what the next step is on the motion to intervene. I mean, the rules of federal court have to say something.

  • 30. Elizabeth Oakes  |  February 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Could they also just throw it out without briefings or hearings, or is that too much to ask for?

  • 31. Kathleen  |  February 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Am watching live feed of WI state capital happenings – as police move in to arrest those in building. Will try to answer later.

  • 32. Bob  |  February 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

    where are you watching the action in Wisconsin,, is there a live thread????

  • 33. Bob  |  February 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

    found it,, dang it those republicans just went and stirred up all that good old American spirit, it looks cold but there's lots of warm energy high spirits and determination,,,,, yup reminders of previous battles,,,, those folks are just warming up,,,, united or what,,,,,, bring it on!!!!!!

  • 34. Kathleen  |  February 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Only live feed from inside the capitol bldgs is one guy on his iPhone. It breaks up some, but it lets you see what's oing on inside:

  • 35. Sagesse  |  February 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Backstory on the Maryland anti-equality campaign. Fascinating, in a very creepy way.

    Gay marriage opponents slow to fight in Annapolis
    Preparing for intensified battle in House of Delegates,0,6394961.story

  • 36. Mark M (Seattle)  |  February 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    In happier times our family use to vacation on the Big Island….it was always such a magical place for us.
    It warms my heart to know that today it is a happier and more accepting place for all.
    Mahalo nui loa
    Much aloha

  • 37. Rhie  |  February 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm


  • 38. Elizabeth Oakes  |  February 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Governor Abercrombie is so avuncular! That was heartening. I look forward to the day when a marriage bill is signed in Hawaii too.

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