By Derrick DePledge
Michael Golojuch, Jr., the gay activist who filed complaints against 11 state House and Senate Democrats who sponsored or co-sponsored a constitutional amendment on traditional marriage, said Monday that he has dropped the complaints against all but two of the lawmakers.
The complaints allege that the lawmakers violated the Democratic Party of Hawaii's platform in favor of equal rights by backing the bills.
Golojuch, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender caucus, said he would advocate for sanctions against Sen. Mike Gabbard and Rep. Sharon Har when Oahu Democrats meet on Saturday to discuss the complaints.
Golojuch has withdrawn complaints against Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, House Vice Speaker John Mizuno, Rep. Henry Aquino, Rep. Karen Awana, Rep. Ty Cullen, Rep. Ken Ito, Rep. Calvin Say, Rep. K. Mark Takai, and Rep. Clift Tsuji.
An investigative panel reviewing the complaints for the party has recommended that Gabbard be reprimanded and Har be censured because they were the primary sponsors of the constitutional amendment. The panel had urged the party to dismiss the complaints against the others.
“After receiving the Oahu County’s investigative committee’s report and in-depth conversations amongst the caucus members and leadership we have decided to withdraw the charges against those who merely signed on to the bills.” Golojuch said in a statement.