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Hawaii Legislature approves civil unions

House votes 31-20 to approve measure

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The Hawaii Legislature on Thursday approved legislation to implement civil unions in the Aloha State, sending the measure to Gov. Linda Lingle (R) to await her signature.

The House voted 31-20 to pass the legislation, which had stalled for several months and was revived in the last day of the legislative session. The Senate approved its version of the bill in January.

Lingle has 45 days to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to take effect without her signature. According to the Washington Post, Lingle’s office has said the governor intends to “carefully review” the legislation.

In a statement, Jennifer Pizer, marriage project director for Lambda Legal, said the vote represents years of hard work from advocates and concerned lawmakers. She said Lambda was prepared to act with litigation if the Legislature didn’t approve the bill.

“In fact, we were already on O`ahu this week in final preparations for litigation if the legislature failed to act by today’s end of session,” Pizer said. “We’re delighted that, as long as Governor Lingle does not veto the bill, our lawsuit won’t be necessary.”

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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Vote now for the 2013 Best of Gay DC!

Choose in dozens of categories among hundreds of nominees, and make your voice heard!

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Nominate the ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ now!

Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

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