Political Radar


September 20th, 2013

With the state Legislature preparing to go into special session in October to consider a gay marriage bill, it is interesting to look back at how many couples have taken advantage of the civil unions law that took effect in January 2012.

According to the state Department of Health, there were 730 civil unions in 2012, with the most -- 116 -- coming in January, the first month civil unions were available. There were 23,723 marriages in 2012.

From January through May of this year, according to the department, there were 186 civil unions. There were 8,790 marriages.

13 Responses to “Vital”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    No mention on how many got divorced.
    Seems it was just a want and not want
    till death due they part.

  2. Manoa Kahuna:

    Yes, it's true. Gays are a small minority.

  3. Alan R. Spector:

    While it is correct to say that gays are a minority, one can't realistically compare the civil union stats to marriage.
    1) studies show that in states and countries where same-sex couples can marry, the marriage rates are much higher than civil union.

    2) Included in the above marriage rates are all the tourist marriages. It would be interesting to see the breakdown between those that are couples traveling to Hawaii to marry versus couples who live here.

    3) with DOMA repeal and the federal gov't now recognizing same sex marriages (but not civil unions), if Hawaii passed marriage equality, more same-sex couple tourists would travel here to marry. Currently, not that many same-sex couples would fly to Hawaii for a civil union when they can marry on mainland. (This has been the case ever since civil union went into effect here on 1/1/12)

  4. Auto de Fe:

    Gay Divorce: Abercrombie Special Session for Arizona ‘Pregnant Man’?


  5. Especially Incognito:

    I have yet to see what a Civil Union Authority looks like.

    "tourist marriages". They do and they become persons without
    a country living only where allowed. Can't live in Russia.
    Any Muslim country would not allow, gay refugees. They plan to make Hawaii their home. Go Rainbows.

    It seems to be a crutch of any group of minorities. To be exceptional or above all the others. Too bad that many do not realize that Everyone is a minority.

  6. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Shows you how really important this issue is when compared with the multi-million dollar shortfall of the community hospitals, the financial crisis at the University of Hawaii, the mismanagement at the Dept. of Hawaiian Homes Lands, the malfeasance at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the total breakdown of the State Historic Preservations Division of the DLNR, the billions of dollars of unfunded liabilities for State retirees. This "critical" issue affects less than a thousand people a year and so important and crucial to the Democratic Party that they can afford not to address the other real problems of the entire State of Hawaii.

  7. Goober:

    snowden should have been blamed for
    the molasses leaking in the lagoon, 2012.

  8. Alan R. Spector:

    It would be important to you Manoa Fisherman if you wanted to marry and your state banned you from doing so.

  9. Goober:

    "It would be important to you Manoa Fisherman if you wanted to marry and your state banned you from doing so."

    What's stopping? A Civil Authority?
    One thing about a Religious War is God is judge.
    No one knows what a Civil Authority is.
    Who authorizes a Civil Union?

  10. SUBVET:

    Alan R Spector: If Hawaii homosexuals really wanted to get married, then they would go to one of the 13 states that allow same-sex-marriage to do so. I like to gamble, but you don't see me trying to force that initiative on the rest of Hawaii, I just head off the Vegas a couple times a year.

    However those who support same-sex-marriage would rather bully the rest of us into accepting same-sex-marriage, and redefining marriage. Always with the false claim of equality.

  11. Especially Incognito:

    Too cold.

  12. Especially Incognito:

    Seems one person hides.
    When in a group they come out of the closet
    and bully. Who is the real bully? Seems
    onesided. Bully for you.

  13. Goober:

    I assume I may the only one with a Hawaii Birth Certificate
    and others will have another states birth certificate.
    That makes me a minority.

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