By MARK NIESSE
HONOLULU (AP) – A proposal to create civil unions for same-sex partners is being considered in the Hawaii House of Representatives after it already passed the Senate.
The House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear two bills dealing with the issue Tuesday.
Both measures would grant some of the rights of marriage to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself.
One proposal is nearly identical to a similar bill that passed the Legislature last year before it was vetoed by then-Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican. New Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he supports civil unions.
A second bill provides many more details on implementation, rights, responsibilities and terminations of civil unions.
If passed by the Judiciary Committee, the measure would advance to the full House.
Online: SB232, HB1453: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/