Hawaii Christian Coalition Helps Stop Gay Marriage in Hawaii
Good news from the battle to defend traditional marriage. This time it comes from Hawaii, where Republican Governor Linda Lingle has finally decided to veto the same-sex civil unions bill that was passed by that state's legislature this past April. Garrett Hashimito, our Hawaii State Chairman of the Christian Coalition, has been heading up hundreds of grassroots in this effort. The Hawaii Christian Coalition was given the credit by the local papers and media. Garrett and his staff have done an excellent job with this veto and stopping gay marriage in Hawaii.
It's another big win in another typically "blue" state, which is a big blow to liberals who have been reeling from defeats in California and Maine over the past few years (which also tend to be "blue" states).
The bill would have given all of the same rights and benefits of traditional marriage to homosexual couples, with the only difference being the term "civil union" instead of "marriage. This has been the political route taken by those pushing for full gay marriage in cases where they didn't think they could go that far right away, which again, makes it a big defeat.
"There has not been a bill I have contemplated more or an issue I have thought more deeply about during my eight years as governor than House Bill 444 and the institution of marriage," Lingle said at a news conference. "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." ...
Lingle's decision is expected to be the last say on the proposal this year because state House leaders have said they won't override any of Lingle's vetoes. ...
About 60 percent of the more than 34,000 letters, telephone calls, e-mails and other communications from the public to the governor asked her to veto the measure, the governor's aides said late last week. ...
Hawaiians have been in the middle of this battle since the late '90's when theirs became the first state in the union to pass a "defense of marriage" amendment to their state constitution, which was the result of a threat from that state's Supreme Court to impose gay marriage by judicial edict. A process we've seen play out in other states.