Statement from Hawaii United for Marriage

February 14, 2013

This week, the Legislature reached a key legislative deadline in the 2013 session – scheduling a hearing for all bills referred to two committees.  It is disconcerting that marriage equality legislation did not clear this procedural hurdle; as a result, although there are several procedural mechanisms by which the Legislature could move the bill this year, the more likely outcome is that marriage equality will be placed on hold for the remainder of 2013.  As the bills remain “alive” through 2014, we encourage supportive legislators to take affirmative steps to advance marriage equality now and to set the stage for action.

In Hawaii, respect for ohana is fundamental, and Hawaii United for Marriage is resolute in our mission to win marriage equality in our state.  We commit today to expanding the conversation, strengthening our coalition and uniting the people of Hawaii behind the vision that all families – gay or straight – should receive equal treatment under the law.  We look forward to continuing our mission to ensure passage of the bill.

We thank President Obama, Hawaii’s Congressional delegation, Governor Abercrombie, Mayor Caldwell, our allies in the Legislature, and the thousands of supporters who took action and spoke out for fairness.

Today is not the end of our work; it is merely a continuation of the struggle that started 20 years ago when Hawaii took its first steps on a long journey toward equal treatment for same-sex couples, sparking a nationwide (and worldwide) push for marriage equality.

Show the Legislature that you aren’t deterred. Join thousands of supporters around the state who are committing right now to being a part of this campaign until marriage equality becomes law in Hawaii.