Legislators in Hawaii have passed a civil unions bill that would give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.
The state House of Representatives passed the bill by a 31-20 vote late Thursday. Gov. Linda Lingle has until early July to decide whether to sign the bill into law, CNN’s Hawaii affiliates reported.
Civil union supporters cheered in the Capitol rotunda when the bill passed, CNN affiliate KGMB-TV in Honolulu said.