Political Radar


July 10th, 2013

Hawaii United for Marriage is again calling for the state Legislature to approve gay marriage, citing the decision by the federal government not to extend federal worker benefits for couples in domestic partnerships as an example of the disparity between marriage and domestic partnerships and civil unions.

The federal Office of Personnel Management's determination was in response to U.S. Supreme Court rulings in June that legally married gay couples are entitled to federal benefits.

Hawaii allows both same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions and receive the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as marriage under state law. Marriage in Hawaii is reserved for heterosexual couples.

“The OPM rulings make it explicitly clear that only same-sex couples who are legally married can access federal benefits, and not those in civil unions,”  said Jacce Mikulanec, Hawaii United for Marriage representative for the Japanese American Citizens League, said in a statement. “This means Hawaii’s same sex couples, including those who entered civil unions, continue to be left out. The bottom line is that the time is right for Hawaii to pass marriage equality.”

6 Responses to “Domestic”

  1. Auto de Fe:

    Here's a better idea. Lets just repeal Civil Unions and Reciprocal Beneficiaries. If the gay guys want to get married, let them find a woman just like any other guy. Its called 'equality' -- get used to it.

  2. Kolea:

    I like chocolate ice cream. I dislike vanilla ice cream. I believe everyone should have an equal right to eat ice cream, provided it is chocolate. Auto de Fe's notion of "equality."

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    Or, like Henry Ford saying "You can have your Model T in any color you want, as long as it's black."

  4. Auto de Fe:

    In the entire history of the human race, marriage has been between male and female. There are no exceptions...until now. This is not about 'equality' it is about redefining the family.

  5. Goober:

    Seems de Fe is an expert on the
    entire history of the human race.
    Which human won the race, de Fe?
    Your kind lost. Kept chasing their own tail.

    Seems that those who favor equality need
    to learn to tolerate as well or
    as one said in the past and does not pratice
    is to: Stand tough for understanding. Otherwise
    do it and hold you peace.

  6. Goober:

    republicans showed the world what
    equality is by giving Americans a number.
    1% or 99%.

    You can't have your cake and eat it (too).
    I would put a lot of vanilla frosting.
    Strawberry, anything but chocolate.
    I would make a mud pie and use real mud.

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