In Hawaii, online application for civil union licenses was made available beginning at midnight, despite the fact that government offices are closed until Tuesday, the state government said. The union becomes valid after a ceremony performed by someone licensed by the Department of Health.
A civil union is huge step closer to full-on marriage, as a union imparts some of the legal rights shared by marriage. Still, it's not a full marriage certificate. Of course one of the best ways to show support for Hawaii's move in the right direction is by voting with your wallet. Here's to lavish, same-sex civil union ceremonies on the beach in 2012!
For further reference...
Countries with same-sex marriage: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa and Sweden.
States with same-sex marriage: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington DC.
States with same-sex civil unions: Hawaii, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island.