• Hawaii's Governor Kills Civil Union Bill Because an Important Decision Like That Should Not Be Made by a Small Number of People

    Hawaii's Gov. Linda Lingle — who had until yesterday to decide whether or not to sign a bill which would have legalized same-sex civil unions — has decided not to decide

    "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."…

    She said voters, not politicians, should decide the fate of civil unions. "It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude to be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials," she said.

    Fair enough? How about a group of people elected by the state populace for the express purpose of deciding which laws are to put in place and which are not? No, not that either?

    Yeah, I guess it would be unfair to rob the state's voting population of the chance to chose en masse to grant equal rights to a small and historically-subjugated minority. I mean, that's how the country decided to end slavery and give women the right to vote, right? It still brings a tear to my eye when I remember how the citizens of my country all decided to make those choices by themselves without any legislative mandates whatsoever.


    Tags: Civil Rights, Constitution, Hawaii, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Men and Women, Slavery

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