Hawaii's governor on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have permitted same-sex civil unions, ending months of speculation on how she would weigh in on the contentious, emotional debate.
Republican Gov. Linda Lingle's action came on the final day she had to either sign or veto the bill, which the Hawaii Legislature approved in late April.
Lingle claims that she agonized over the veto but decided that the rights of gays and lesbians in Hawaii should be put to a popular vote! Actually, she caved in to the Religious Reich in Hawaii and blocked equal rights for gay and lesbian couples.