What is the scope of couples' rights as "Reciprocal Beneficiaries" in Hawaii?
This is not an easy question to answer. In broad terms, RB couples have all the rights of marriage that Hawaii can grant as a state, except anything to do with family court (alimony, divorce, child custody resolution, etc.) and fair access to health insurance. There are NO federal benefits (social security, federal income tax deduction, immigration, immunity from testifying against your partner in federal court, etc.)
We've written a 200-page book listing the laws. To help people digest this book, we've also prepared three summaries of progressively shorter lengths. All four texts are available here. Please consult an attorney for the interpretation of any of this material, particularly the summaries.
|Good News! Lt.
Gov. Mazie Hirono signs the Hate Crimes Bill into law June 13, 2001
(press release in pdf format). For final passage, 21 Senators voted YES, 3 voted NO, and
one was excused. In the House, 39 voted YES, 12 voted NO and none
was excused. For more details:
|Please learn about the new project, the CIVIL UNIONS-CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. Web page www.civilunions-civilrights.org and email address firstname.lastname@example.org One of the bete noire of Hawaii politics is Mike Gabbard, a man who has made a career of being anti-gay. Learn more about him (and his wife, too, who is on Hawaii's Board of Education) at www.StopGabbard.com|
|Vermont now has "civil unions" for gay and lesbian couples, "reciprocal beneficiaries" for persons related by blood, and the "m" word for heterosexual couples. The Vermont couples suing for marriage rights have now dropped their lawsuit. To learn more about what it means, click here for a document prepared by 4 national LGBT legal resource groups.|
|Milestones of The Project||Through June of 2000, this lists milestones of Marriage Project Hawaii in its campaign to win the civil rights of marriage in Hawaii.|
July 9, 1999
|This is a great review of Bruce Bagemihl's new book, "Biological Exuberance, Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity." Yes, Bagemihl destroys the "it ain't natural" argument. This intellectual triumph is perhaps most important to Catholics, because many R. C. leaders have harassed their followers for centuries about birth control, etc., using the "it ain't natural" argument. However, watch out for the next rhetorical twist of the knife: homosexuality will be called downright bestial. In the meantime, enjoy Bagemihl's triumph and chuckle at the contorted language used by homophobic zoologists to keep from seeing what was happening before their eyes with hundreds of animal species. Yes, Virginia, there is a picture in the book of a male giraffe mounting another male giraffe "in the wild"---not in prison, in boarding school, in the barracks, on board ship, or in the zoo.|
|Prior to modern European contact, sexual relations among the people of Hawai'i rarely fit the norms of "traditional" European marriages---in any sense. This paper briefly outlines some aspects of an official same-sex relationship status that played a key role in governance.|
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