Over 60 Hawaii Businesses Unite to Support a Special SessionSeptember 5, 2013
More than sixty businesses in Hawaii are urging Governor Neil Abercrombie to call the State Legislature into a special session to pass marriage equality.
“Not only is approving marriage equality the right move, it also makes good business sense,” said Sean Hower, president of “Hitched on Maui” a digital interactive magazine table app for destination weddings that has plans to expand to Oahu and Kauai next year. “Last year 125,000 marriages were performed in Hawaii, so imagine the multiplier effect of adding gay couples to that list.”
The business leaders cite an economic study warning that $217 million in additional visitor spending will disappear over a two year period if Hawaii lawmakers delay a decision on legalizing same-sex marriage.
The endorsement of the business community comes days after the organized labor community pledged their support to the freedom to marry in Hawaii. And it comes the day before members of the State House of Representatives will caucus behind closed doors with Governor Neil Abercrombie and Attorney General David Louie.
Lawmakers supporting marriage equality says the business, labor, and congressional support is important.
“Now it’s up to us,” said Rep. Chris Lee, D-51st. “As policy makers, these are the moments for which we are elected, and I am confident that we will come together and do the right thing, and that is approve marriage equality in a special session.”