By Derrick DePledge
State Republicans are stepping up their opposition to a special session on gay marriage.
One day after the state GOP issued a statement opposing a special session, Honolulu Republicans and the Hawaii Republican Assembly, a conservative group, released messages.
From Fritz Rohlfing, the chairman of Honolulu Republicans:
We’re speaking out for many Hawaii residents, not just Republicans, in voicing our opposition to a special session. This is a carefully-orchestrated political power play by some elected officials to pass legislation outside of the more deliberative and transparent process of the regular legislative session.
A special session will cost tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, and it will not provide a genuine opportunity for full community input by those who feel passionately about this issue. It seems some elected officials, including our Governor, would rather do what is politically convenient than deal with a controversial issue during the upcoming election year. Clearly, we need to change the way business is done at our State Capitol.
The Hawaii Republican Assembly is circulating a booklet on gay marriage from Focus on the Family, which is also being distributed by the First Assembly of God:
All of the lopsided media hype we are encountering from our local and national news media during the present rush to dismantle the traditional family and adopt same-sex "marriage" leaves out the most important facts and considerations. Instinctively, conservatives know better than to unleash a failed, degenerate social institution upon future generations of children which merely meets the personal desires of a few adults, not society as a whole. Now HIRA is pleased to help distribute "Ten Persuasive Answers to the Question . . . 'Why not gay marriage?'" This booklet, prepared by Focus on the Family and distributed by First Assembly of God church, fully anticipates and counters every argument you've heard in favor of SSM with solid reasoning and research. Please click on the cover to download the booklet. Arm yourself for the campaign at hand by taking 15 minutes to read the powerful logic contained within.
As the booklet so clearly states: Once same-sex marriage is legalized, there is no logical stopping point. When you tear marriage away from its moorings, the ship can drift anywhere. That's why HIRA is taking this issue so very seriously and handling it with such urgency. Hawaii Democrats are deliberately setting the stage for activist lawsuits and liberal judges to do the rest of the damage to society in order to seek legitimacy for their "anything goes" radical social agenda . . . a dangerous agenda which simultaneously seeks to denigrate and mock traditional families and traditional marriage . . . and it's an agenda no legal exemption will be able to protect.