Should the legislature concede, Hawaii would become the 14th state to pass a “marriage equality” bill. The special session would convene on October 28, and if such a bill passes, legalized same-sex unions would begin November 18. Hawaii already allows same-sex civil unions, but state homosexual activists insist it is not enough and want same-sex unions to have the same legitimacy as traditional marriage.
“My office has received many e-mails, letters, and telephone calls from constituents on both sides of the marriage equity issue,” Abercrombie said in a September 9 announcement, “and I have responded with assurance that my administration will meet our responsibilities for due diligence in consideration of all views and legal considerations.” In a press conference at the state capitol, however, the governor was more candid in stating his support for homosexual unions, declaring: “It's time for marriage equity to take place.” He insisted, however, that he would do his best to make it happen “without violating the religious principals of anybody in this state.”
The folks at Equality Hawaii, a state homosexual activist group, called the governor's announcement a “huge step forward,” but conceded that getting the legislature to sanction their lifestyle would be no shoo-in. “Several lawmakers still haven’t decided which way they’ll vote,” wrote retired state Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson, a board member of the group, in a note to same-sex "marriage" supporters. “If we’re going to win their support, it’s going to take the most rigorous lobbying and grassroots organizing program we’ve ever run. We have to mobilize tens of thousands of supporters to take action in key districts across the state.”
Among the legislative opponents to legalized homosexual "marriage" are State Representative Gene Ward, who told HawaiiNewsNow.com that “people out there really are not totally for this. I think it's an exception that we have a special session for what now is for a very select, very narrow reason. There's not a state or a federal guarantee to same-sex marriage, so why are we rushing?”
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