Alex Blaze

Hawaii doesn't get civil unions

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 07, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Dignity Catholics, Hawaii, LGBT, linda lingle, New Jersey, republican

Hawaii's Republican governor Linda Lingle vetoed a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions:hawaii-governor.jpg

"This is a decision that should not be made by one person sitting in her office or by members of the Majority Party behind closed doors in a legislative caucus, but by all the people of Hawaii behind the curtain of the voting booth," Lingle said in a statement.

"And while some will disagree with my decision to veto this bill, I hope most will agree that the flawed process legislators used does not reflect the dignity this issue deserves, and that a vote by all the people of Hawaii is the best and fairest way to address an issue that elicits such deeply felt emotion by those both for and against."

I'm sure that a ballot initiative would be much more dignified. If we've learned anything in the dozens of other ballot initiatives involving LGBT rights in the US, it's that they're always very dignified.

Her term as governor is up soon and she has higher aspirations within the Republican party. "I get mine before you get yours" doesn't sound as nice as what she said, but at least it doesn't betray the same sort of dismissal of voters' intelligence apparent in her statement's painful reasoning.

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A-fakkin-men! Hit the NAIL on the HEAD, Alex!!!

Excuse me Governor Lingle, when did anyone get to vote on releasing the slaves and giving women the right to vote and letting bi-racial couples to marry? YOU MUST BE FUCKING TONE DEAF BEOTCH.

Am I the only lesbian who thinks Gov. Lingle looks like a lesbian. (Though truthfully, she looks more like a transwoman). And she's twice divorced - what could be the reason those relationships with men are failing? Nice lavender suit, by the way, gov.

Is she yet ANOTHER example of Republican homophobic self-loathing? If any Hawaii dykes know, they damn well better speak up now!

You might not like how she looks, hell I sure don't, but let's not be insulting transwomen by comparing this bigot to us. That can also be taken as, "transwomen are always ugly by nature," which is equally if not more insulting.

She missed an opportunity to be courageous, and chose the typical path of politicians - deferral.

I'm sick of people saying that voters should decide who gets full civil rights and who can be discriminated again legally. I wish people like the Governor of Hawaii would realize just how disgusting that is.

boehmianrhapsody | July 8, 2010 7:29 AM

I hope she is getting called out for that nonsense. Her criticism of the legislative process is just an excuse. The Arizona legislature passed SB 1070 without putting it before voters -- where is the right-wing outcry over the process in that case?

The Declaration of Independence wasn't voted on by "all the people." Neither was the Constitution. Yet somehow, they don't worry about process there either.