Senator Mike Gabbard (West Oahu) made the following statement to the media today on Governor Abercrombie’s signing of SB 232 (civil unions bill) into law:

HONOLULU – February 23, 2011 – "It's a sad day for the people of Hawai’i. Politicians have shown that they just don’t care about the views and values of the majority of Hawaii’s residents.

Civil unions is same sex marriage with a different name. Even Tim Earhart, one of the civil unions advocates, president of Dignity USA/Honolulu said the other day, “No doubt about it, it’s the equivalence of marriage.”

The people of Hawai'i made it clear that they're against civil unions and same-sex marriage and the politicians have basically said 'To hell with you.'"