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Hawaii’s civil union bill officially signed into law

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Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law the bill that allows same-sex couples to enter into civil unions yesterday, making Hawaii the second state in the U.S. to allow gay-marriage-lite. (Half the calories, but still not as satisfying as the real thing.) A similar bill had been vetoed by the state's previous governor last summer. Here's what Gov. Abercrombie had to say about this step forward:

"People have worked long and hard for this day," Abercrombie said at the bill-signing ceremony Wednesday. "This is a prime example of exercising civic courage. It is about doing what is right, no matter how difficult, no matter how much opposition."

Obviously, you know, good for them. And I'd imagine that Hawaii's LGBT citizens are happier with this than nothing at all. But if you really want to talk about doing the right thing no matter how hard it might be, maybe you should save that nugget for the day the state allows same-sex couples to just get straight-up married. You're already filled with rainbows, after all. (See above image.) Might as well just embrace it.