The governor of Hawaii has vetoed a bill that would have permitted same-sex civil unions and granted equal rights to same-sex couples. The legislature approved the bill back in April, and Governor Linda Lingle waited until the final day to veto or approve the bill.
Regarding her veto, the Governor said "I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same-gender marriage, and find that House Bill 444 is essentially marriage by another name."
The bill would have provided the same rights and benefits to same-sex couples as it does to heterosexual couples. An official from the governor’s office said that approximately 60% of calls from voters were opposed to the bill.
Hawaii Governor Vetoes Civil Unions Bill After Weeks Of Stalling | The Huffington Post