Political Radar

`Hurts us all'

July 25th, 2013

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.

6 Responses to “`Hurts us all'”

  1. Kolea:

    The dollar amounts are particularly relevant when considering the cost of a special session. I hear it has been estimated a minimal session, focused solely on marriage equality, would cost about $29,000.

    A marriage equality bill will either pass during a special session, held this summer, or will pass in April or May 2014. If the finding of this UH economic analysis are even half-valid, it would cost us many times $29K to postpone those extra 8 months. OTOH, if the law can be based by the end of August, gay and lesbian couples on the mainland can begin planning Hawaii weddings and honeymoons, with the money starting to arrive next spring. Certainly, by next summer.

    Another reason the special session would pay for itself: the state is racking up legal fees defending our current discriminatory laws in Federal Court. Once a marriage equality bill passes, that case would be moot, saving Hawaii taxpayers much more than the $29,000 it would cost to hold a special session.

    Once again, marriage equality is not simply an economic question. But the projected cost of a special session cannot be used as a reasonable objection to arriving at a just resolution on this issue. Marriage equality and ending discriminatory treatment of the gays and lesbian members of our community, of our FAMILIES, should end sooner, not later. It is BOTH good economics AND good policy.

    Let's get it done. How's about it, Governor?

    (Have we heard David Ige's views on holding a special session? Has anyone asked?)

  2. Goober:

    By the time same sex marriage is approved the honeymoon
    will be spent in a retirement home. Also they should have
    health insurance. Aids does not have a cheap cure.

    DOMA still lives.

  3. Goober:

    "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln.

    One wise person told me, there is no color but one being American.
    People is people. WE should all remember this. A government of Americans. Illegal immigrants, become Americans, fight against our enemies and then be proud to be an American. Let God judge.
    For those who do not believe in God, ????

  4. Especially Incognito:

    "Hurt us all"? Only those who are concerned.
    If it were a big issue than let the next hurricane
    wipe out all the infidels and disbelievers.

    Maybe this comes under discrimination
    and those who are against are racists.

  5. Goober:

    Seems that one thinks special people should
    get special deals. That is not equality.
    Equality is that they are who they are but
    insist they need friends with benefits.

  6. Especially Incognito:

    People from the mainland want to come to Hawaii
    and get married should stay home. The mainland
    is already Hawaii. Transplants come here like missionaries
    and flies.

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