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