By Derrick DePledge
The Hawaii Republican Party on Monday issued a statement urging Gov. Neil Abercrombie not to call a special session on gay marriage.
The state Senate's lone Republican -- Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom -- and six of the seven Republicans in the state House have said they oppose gay marriage. Rep. Cynthia Thielen is the only Republican in the Legislature to support marriage equality.
From the GOP:
Governor Abercrombie’s focus on calling a special session of the legislature to pass a same sex marriage law is misplaced. Rushing this legislation, which is important to people on both sides of the issue, can do no good for our state.
Forcing this heated issue through an abbreviated session will only stifle public input which should be the most important part of the legislative process. Governor Abercrombie should be welcoming, not suppressing, the voice of the public on this issue.
If Governor Abercrombie wants his bill to be heard, he should wait until the regular session when all others will have the time and opportunity to put forth their own ideas.