Gov. Linda Lingle  vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have permitted same-sex civil unions, ending weeks of speculation on how she would act on the bill, which the Legislature approved in April. “I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same-sex marriage , and find that House Bill 444 is essentially same-sex marriage by another name,” the governor, a Republican, said. The measure would have granted to gay couples the same rights and benefits that the state provides to married couples. Ms. Lingle’s decision is expected to be the last say on the proposal this year because House leaders have said they will not try to override her vetoes.
A version of this brief appeared in print on July 7, 2010, on page A11 of the New York edition of the New York Times. It was produced by the Associated Press.