HONOLULU, May 1, 2003 ( – The state of Hawaii has extended its hate crimes law to “protect” transvestites “and others whose gender identity might make them a target of abuse,” according to a report from Newsday.  Notably, Governor Linda Lingle did not see the issue as important enough either to resist or defend, so she simply waited the necessary 10 days for the change to become law without her signature. “It was just not something that I felt strongly about, but I know there was controversy on both sides,” she said.  For Newsday coverage:,0,6038968.story