By Derrick DePledge
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and many state lawmakers have been uncharacteristically cautious about the prospects for gay marriage in Hawaii since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings in June that advanced marriage equality.
The governor and leading Democrats have been cagey, some sources suspect, because the Legislature may soon go beyond the rhetoric about marriage equality to actually crafting legislation.
One lawmaker who has not been cautious is Rep. Chris Lee, a young liberal who has been the most vocal in the House.
On Thursday, after a University of Hawaii-Manoa economist issued the latest financial projection on the impact of gay marriage in the islands, Lee issued this statement:
In this free country we don't measure basic rights by a dollar value, but I think the report demonstrates that continuing a policy of discrimination really hurts our economy, and hurts us all.