Civil Unions, Civic Courage

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

As supporters of Hawaii civil unions entered Washington Place Wednesday, they were handed a small card embossed with the state seal and the words "Office of the Governor."

Inside the card read, in part, "Mahalo for being a part of this momentous occasion. We are here today to legalize civil unions in Hawaii, a moment made possible by the hard work and civic courage of people like you as well as countless other individuals and organizations."

The card, of course, was signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

It was a personal note regarding the most personal, and political, of issues — the government's recognition of the union of two people who love each other.

"Oh, what a day," one supporter said to another.

"A good day," said another.

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