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US: Hawaii House passes same-sex marriage

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  1. The words of President Obama and the Governor of Hawaii in welcoming same-sex marriage: “justice, equality, dignity and respect” drive home the stark contrast with the the ugly stance of most (but of course not all – all credit to the likes of the Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews) religious groups who are clearly demonstrating to the civilised world that they are opposed to justice, equality, dignity and respect and are therefore supporting injustice, inequality and disrespect. This puts them in an appalling light – do they understand the massive damage they are inflicting on themselves and their reputations? Society is increasingly seeing them as no better than the tyrants and bigots who fought against civil rights and therefore see them as unworthy of respect. Their deeply unattractive hatred and intolerance is exposed for all to see – they are merrily digging a mass grave for their own religions and are just too stupid to see it.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Nov 2013, 12:29pm

    In spite of the huge number of anti equal marriage bigots giving evidence over the past two weeks, it passed a major hurdle yesterday. Perhaps the religious nutters are doing some good after all, exposing their nonsense,lies, hate and blatant ignorance of the facts, just as they did when our bill was up for debate. The amended version is expected to pass this coming Tuesday.

  3. I listened to some of the debate yesterday and was shocked that some of the legislators wanted to allow companies who provide wedding services to be able to deny them to gay couples. Segregation went out with the Ark and they want to bring it back again. And they call themselves christians.

  4. MerlynHerne 9 Nov 2013, 3:13pm

    And then there is the Representative who worries more about the protections for religions than her own LGBT people. Disgusting. The churches have more than enough protections as it is. I couldn’t care less that they don’t have to marry same sex couples…all part of the Constitution. But this idiot Rep. betrays her own people.

  5. From my point of view, Hawaii will be the 15th state to legalize same sex marriage. To me it doesn’t matter when the legislation is signed. I care about when the legislation is put into effect. In Illinois that will be June next year, in Hawaii it will be December of this year. So clearly Hawaii is first. (Assuming both states do approve their currently pending legislation.)

    1. You’re right. Hawaii will be first but there is already a movement afoot in the Illinois legislature to move the June 1st date up by several months. Some of the backers of the original bill are now saying that they will try to get the start date effective February 14th, 2014 which, as we all know is Valentines Day. It’s not only a romantic thought, it is also the one year anniversary of the Illinois Senate passing their version of this marriage bill. How lovely, how fitting, how symbolic.

  6. Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. What a fantastic metaphor for marriage equality to show how distance cannot stop love.

  7. From Hawaii to Washington to Maine, to…

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