Gov. Linda Lingle on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have permitted same-sex civil unions. Her action came on the final day she had to either sign or veto the bill, which the Legislature had approved in late April.
"There has not been a bill I have contemplated more or an issue I have thought more deeply about during my eight years as governor than House Bill 444 and the institution of marriage," said Lingle, a Republican.
The measure would have granted gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits that the state provides to married couples. It also would have made Hawaii one of six states that essentially grant the rights of marriage to same-sex couples without authorizing marriage itself. Five other states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage.
Vatican to revise rulesfor abuse cases
In an effort to rein in the sexual abuse crisis threatening the church, the Vatican is inching toward introducing changes to canon law to make it easier to discipline pedophile priests. The changes will codify into canon law exceptions that already allow the Vatican's doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to defrock priests using faster administrative procedures rather than a full ecclesiastical trial. There are expected to be limited technical changes.
BERLIN: Adolf Storms, a 90-year-old former SS sergeant who was No. 4 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspects, died before he could be brought to trial.
LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron announced an inquiry into allegations that British intelligence officers colluded with other security services, including the CIA, in the torture of terrorism suspects since Sept. 11, 2001.
LOS ANGELES: Leslie Van Houten, the one-time Charles Manson follower long seen as the most likely of his ex-acolytes to win freedom, was denied parole for a 19th time in the killings of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.
Washington: President Barack Obama will use the congressional recess to bypass the Senate and appoint Dr. Donald Berwick, an expert on patient care who has drawn fire from the GOP, to oversee Medicare and Medicaid.