Provide support and education around the issue of Civil Unions
It has been over 17 years since Hawaii’s Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples deserve the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as opposite-sex couples get with marriage. In 1998 the State voted to give the legislature the power to limited marriage between one man and one woman. This left only Civil Unions for Hawaii’s LGBT community.
After 12 years of trying to get Civil Unions passed our hopes were dashed on January 29, 2010. On that day the Hawaii State House under the control and guidance of Speaker Calvin Say and Vice Speaker Michael Magaoay killed House Bill 444, the closest chance we had to equality, with an anonymous voice vote on the floor of House.
This is after passing the bill out in the 2009 session with one vote shy of a super majority.
On February 1, 2010 – Lambda Legal and ACLU of Hawaii announced they have plans to file a lawsuit to sue the State of Hawaii for Civil Unions.
Then in amazing move by Rep. Blake Oshiro and Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu on April 29, 2010 - HB 444 was brought up for a full vote on the floor of the House and PASSED - 31 to 20! The bill went to Linda Lingle who waited to the last day and VETOED the Civil Rights bill.
We are rededicating this cause to making equality a reality in Hawai'i.
1. That all loving couples deserve equal treatment under the law.
2. We understand that Civil Unions are not marriage but they are the best Hawaii can offer same-sex couples.
3. Allowing Civil Unions for same-sex couples creates greater stability within society.
4. No one should be forced to sit out in the of a hospital hallway as the love of their life hangs on to life by a thread.
5. American Psychological Association: "Discrimination of all kinds takes a toll on people's health and psychological well being."