Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed same-sex civil unions into law Wednesday February 23, 2011, calling it "triumph for everyone" that gay and lesbian couples will have the same state rights as married partners. Civil unions in the Rainbow State would start Jan. 1, 2012, making Hawaii the seventh state to permit civil unions for gay couples. Meantime, you can register as a Reciprocal Beneficiary Relationship as the Hawaii State Department of Health states: "A reciprocal beneficiary relationship is a legal partnership between two people who are prohibited from marriage (HRS 572C-2). Certain rights and benefits which are presently available only to married couples are extended to the two individuals who enter into a reciprocal beneficiary relationship."