Same-sex marriages & civil unions in Hawaii
Reactions by the public & groups
Governor Lingle's veto of HB 444
2010-MAY-06: Reactions to the veto by the public:
As noted elsewhere, Governor Linda Lingle (R) vetoed the bill that would have created civil unions in Hawaii. It would have granted the same state rights to same-sex registered couples as are automatically given to opposite-sex married couples. It would not have affected the rights of married couples. It would not have allowed same-sex couples to marry.
Reactions were predictable:
- Citizen Link a service of Focus on the Family reported that:
"Hawaii’s Democrat Speaker of the House Calvin Say acknowledged today he did not have a two-thirds majority necessary to override Lingle’s veto; thus, a special session will not take place. The Senate had the votes; however, both chambers must agree to meet in order to convene." 1
- Emma Ruby-Sachs wrote in the Huffington Post:
"Lingle's actions leave Hawaii with a particularly difficult problem."
"Public votes on same-sex rights rarely result in a positive result for equality advocates. This is not because same-sex relationships are so abhorrent to the public that they are consistently rejected. It is because civil unions and all equality rights are about restoring basic rights to a minority suffering discrimination under the power of the majority. Leave minority rights to a majority vote and you will almost always see a result that favors continued discrimination. This is why the fact that ballot measures are passing state houses and senates across the country is so remarkable in the first place. ..."
"All of this is most infuriating because Lingle could have let civil unions lie with no political cost to herself. She is a Republican Governor, yes, but one on the way out with a state legislature that clearly supports the measure. She could have done nothing, retired, and left her successor with a clean political slate. The gains of the Republican Party will be minimal in terms of support for a new candidate."
"The cost to Hawaii's tax base (most same-sex couples who choose to enter into a civil union would pay more taxes under the Bill) as well as its citizen's rights will be huge. ... " 2
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Hawaii Governor to Decide Fate of Civil Unions, No ‘Veto Override’ Session," CitizenLink, 2010-JUL-06, at: http://www.citizenlink.org/
- Emma Ruby-Sachs, "Lingle vetoes Hawaii Civil Unions, threatens tax base and equal rights, the Huffington Post, 2010-JUL-07, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
- Herbert A. Sample, "Hawaii Governor vetoes civil unions bill after weeks of stalling," The Huffington Post, 2010-JUL-06, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
- Mari-Ela David, "Emotions run high after Governor's civil union veto," Hawaii News Now, 2010-JUL-07, at: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/
- "Surf and marriage turf," Email, Family Research Council, 2010-JUL-07
- "ACLU-HI & Lambda Legal press release: HB444 Veto," Email, 2010-JUL-06.
- "Same Sex Marriage Rights Bill Vetoed By Hawaii Governor. Gov. Linda Lingle says it's an issue that should be decided by popular vote," KTLA News, Los Angeles. 2010-JUL-07, at: http://www.ktla.com/
- Ask Dr. Ruth's twitter was at http://twitter.com/ on 2010-JUL-07 at 6:18 PM ET.
Copyright © 2010 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2010-JUL-07
Latest update and review: 2010-JUL-08
Author: B.A. Robinson