As a long-time resident of Waikiki, I’ve met people
who are… gay, quasi-gay, gay-sian, bisexual,
metro-sexual, pansexual, hetero-flexible, faafafine,
transgendered, androgynous, mahu and a granny
who was a tranny.
While we are tolerant of different cultures in
Hawaii’s melting pot. The majority must strive to be
tolerant of someone who is different, and people of
alternative lifestyles must be respectful of society’s
The strongest of all human qualities is acceptance.
Through acceptance we achieve wisdom and that
helps us to reach our full human and cosmic
Because you are a spiritual being having a human
And today is an opportunity for people on both
sides of this issue, to show the world you have
what it takes to evolve to higher standards…
Personally speaking, the issue of same-sex
marriage was not on my legislative priority list - Not
on my radar or my Gay-dar.
But similar to how a fireman must go into a burning
building. A legislator must go to where the
controversy is, with conviction, without excuses,
when called to special session.
Personal feelings should influence but not over –
rule a legislator’s objective thoughts and behavior.
That is why I listen to the testifiers on both sides of
the issue. On this topic, truth exists on both sides.
I am supporting the bill because it is the duty of
state government to help minority groups,
especially when the group is asking for what many
consider logical, rational and fair.
I believe that intimate monogamous relationships-with people taking care of people-- is the backbone
of a strong society.
I have such respect for marriage, I’m not sure I can
achieve it because I want it to be such a soul mate
I noticed, figuratively speaking, this bill has all the
same DNA as Hawaii’s heterosexual marriage law.
All the same rights, benefits and protections.
The major point of contention is the eight letter
word, marriage. Most against the bill say it is
because it includes the word marriage.
But, it would be illogical to call the law anything
else other than marriage?
What are we going name it? ―I can’t believe it’s not
marriage.‖ Or marriage with an asterisk, or
marriage in quotation marks, or marriage winkwink, or hashtag marriage.
I’m not religious in the traditional sense. I believe I
have a relationship with God and I ask for his
guidance. And guidance from his supernatural
Perhaps, God does not approve of
homosexuality— it’s not how he intended things to
be, but neither is a lot of what we see in today's
"quote," ―normal heterosexual lifestyle.‖
Spiritually, I do not feel that legalized same sex
marriage will make our State any more or less
moral than it is or will be.
In the eyes of God, how is same sex marriage any
different than same-sex couples living together
monogamously, without the marriage license?
I encourage Christians to be more concerned with
the actions of people who call themselves
―Christians,‖ than gay people calling themselves
Isn’t our faith in the institution of marriage between
a man and a woman strong enough to withstand
an adjustment to its definition?
This bill does not redefine God or the Bible’s idea
of marriage. It does not mean… that gay is the new
It only readjusts, or expands the State of Hawaii’s
definition of marriage.
Perhaps, it just declares, that love is the answer…