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August 27th, 2013

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.

14 Responses to “`Carefully-orchestrated'”

  1. Kolea:

    As someone who has helped work to pass full marriage equality, I can let your readers in on a little secret. It has not been "well-orchestrated" at all. Trying to get enough legislators to agree to hold a special session has been embarrassingly chaotic. As the saying goes, "Organizing Democrats is like herding cats."

    The reality, uncomfortable for the hard right caucus within the local Republican Party which goes by the name, the Hawaii Republican Assembly, is public opinion has shifted on this issue over the almost twenty years it has been argued in the State of Hawaii. Let us not forget, Hawaii was the birthplace of the Marriage Equality campaign. We have had longwinded, passionate hearings on and off for years to the point where there is nothing knew to be said. I know, "Leviticus this, Leviticus that. Yada, yada."

    There is no enthusiasm in Hawaii for yet another round of longwinded mass rallies by the Red Shirt mob. Even the Red Shirt mob has proven this by failing to assemble their masses in the last legislative session. This issue is spent. It is time to move on to other matters, more important, even if they may not satisfy the urge on the Right to demonstrate their anger and passion.

    As for the special session costing "tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars," early passage of the bill is much more likely to save the state, on net, much more than "tens of thousands of dollars." First off, it eliminates our legal costs having to defend in federal court the current civil unions law from a legal challenge. Do the math. That saving is likely to exceed the cost of the special session alone. Secondly, Hawaii will experience a boost in tourism from same sex couples looking for a romantic place to get married. The sooner the law goes into effect, the sooner we start getting those tourist dollars, as well as the increased tax revenues which will result.

    So seriously, don't raise the cost of the special session as a factor unless you are willing to do a complete cost-benefit analysis. You are hiding your prejudice behind a fake economic rationale. You simply oppose equality. Fine. Not the first form of discrimination conservatives have fought to retain. And not the last battle they will lose as more and more people shed racial, religious, gender and heterosexist biases in favor of acceptance of each other. I expect your grandparents now feel foolish for having opposed the Civil Rights Act and desegregation in the 1950s and 60s. You, too, will learn to accept. Or, at least, your children and grandchildren will.

  2. Andy Parx:

    Ah ya gotta love 'em. The Dems may be a bubbling cauldron of indecision and political considerations but you can count on the Republicans to oppose the tide of public opinion at every turn.

  3. Eric Ryan:

    Republicans championed desegregation and civil rights in the last century, NOT Democrats. The record is clear. And Republican President Abraham Lincoln fought to end slavery, not the preceding Democrat president. Let's get history straight, anonymous Kolea whoever you are. Pretty sad that you have to lie about American history to feel good as a Democrat in 2013. Next you'll claim that 50 years of Democrat rule in Hawaii has eliminated poverty and turned all homeless and renters into well-paid homeowners.

  4. Kolea:

    Eric, You are hobbled by your uncritical swallowing of Republican talking points. Let's test your thesis about the record of Republicans. Here are three of the most important Republican conservative heroes from the 1960s: Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley. Is that a fair list of your major heroes from that time or have I picked unfairly?

    All three of these men publicly and strongly opposed the Civil Rights Act. In addition, all three of them supported the Apartheid regime in South Africa. And all three of them were hostile to the work of Martin Luther King, who they castigated as a dangerous radical.

    I suggest anyone who suspects I am making this up should use Google to test these assertions.

  5. Auto de Fe:

    Martin Luther King Jr Recommends Gay Conversion Therapy

  6. Eric Ryan:

    Kolea hopes to distract everyone with his/her/its anonymous red herrings. Kolea wants everyone to pretend that Abraham "Emancipation Proclamation" Lincoln was a Democrat. And then Kolea (or whatever his/her/its real name is) wants people to pretend that Democrats weren't the ones who opposed civil rights for blacks. Bicurious Kolea's arguments are about as childish as his/her/its obsession with discussing genitalia on every message board in town. Wow, Kolea found an exception to distract from the rule. What a clever use of his/her/its internet connection. Now, hop on over to WebMD and have that brain tumor looked at.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    Seems that republicans are full of Bureaucratic Standards.
    They seem to object to anything that is for the people.
    Seems republicans think the government is of the party,
    for the party and by the party. Yet they think Abraham Lincoln
    was the greatest President who wrote and spoke the Gettysburg

    Civil Rights in the past never mentioned anything about Gays.
    It was a subject on color or race. Nationality.
    Recently when many came out of the closet in numbers,
    they now feel aggresive with many backers. Discrimination
    against those who are not straight but it seems now straights
    are the ones being prosecuted. I am a fair racist, who could not
    care less about color, gender or whatever. I pick on them all
    if they step on my toes.

  8. Goober:


    V for Vendetta. The carefully orchestrated finale.

  9. Kolea:


    You are being ridiculous and disingenuous. The names I picked of Republicans who had opposed the Civil Rights Act were not "exceptions. They were the major CONSERVATIVE Republicans of the period: Buckley, Reagan and Goldwater. You are pretending as if they were minor figures.

    Did a lot of Republicans--AT THAT TIME--support passage of the Civil Rights Act? Yes! But guess what? They were overwhelmingly moderate and liberal Republicans! You know, the kind you call "RINOs." But YOUR type of Republican, the conservatives as represented in my very fair selection, were overwhelmingly opposed to the Civil Rights Act. And to Dr. King's work in general. And supported the apartheid dictatorship in South Africa.

    Am I denying a LOT of Democrats voted AGAINST the Civil Rights Act, despite arm-twisting from LBJ? Of course not. As a general rule, Southern Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act and Northern Democrats supported it. In fact, the Democratic Party in the SOuth was generally dominated by racists. It was the Party of the defeated Confederacy and resisted de-segragation. But, again, it was CONSERVATIVE Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act, while liberal Democrats--your sworn enemies-- who supported it.

    As LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act, he commented that this would cause the Democrats to lose the South. An that prediction took awhile, but it became true. Those old conservative Democrats who did not die out, either accommodated themselves to Civil Rights or became Republicans. The Republican Party in the South grew rapidly in the seventies and 80s and it was NOT because they were flooded with moderate, pro-civil rights Republicans, but with racists opposed to the re-alignment of the national Democrats with civil rights. Now, the neo-confederate crowd are in the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party.

    But in both parties, it was the moderate and liberal members who supported Civil Rights. An you hate liberal and moderate Republicans almost as much as you do liberal Democrats. So stop using the past votes of liberal Republicans to pretend conservative Republicans were ever the friends of Civil Rights. It's totally bogus. And if Reagan, Goldwater and Buckley are not the pre-eminent conservative Republican leaders from that era, please provide some other MORE representative names.

  10. SUBVET:

    Kolea if you truly understood what Goldwater, Reagan and Buckley were about, then you'd know that their disapproval of the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act and Fair Housing Act was because they knew that constitutionally and morally Government was not the answer to solving those problems. Just like Government is not the answer today, but you keep believing it.

  11. Eric Ryan:

    Like I said, anonymous scaredy-cat Kolea. Republicans led in their support for the end of slavery. And Republicans led in their support for civil rights for blacks. End of story. All of your anonymous, worthless preaching is WAY, WAY off base and without merit. You are, simply put, WRONG as usual. And you wear the bicurious burqua of "Kolea" a little too tightly around the neck, where the arteries deliver blood to the brain. Loosen up. Take off the burqua. Use your real name. Don't be a . . . scaredy-cat.

  12. Especially Incognito:

    Was it S or D? Middle initials?

  13. Kolea:

    OK, for some reason, it was unfair for me to point out the prominent conservative Republican leaders strongly opposed Dr. King and the Civil Rights Act. Reagan, Buckley and Goldwater were, apparently, not representative of rightwing Republicans in the early 60s.

    Since I am obviously biased, maybe it is fair to see what Dr. King thought of the Republicans? After all, Republicans today like to pretend they respect him and his views.

    From MLK's Autobiography, writing about the 1964 Republican National Convention:

    "The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The "best man' at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade."

    But, hey, what makes Martin Luther King qualified to comment on the Republican Party of the sixties?

  14. Especially Incognito:

    Dr. Martin Luther King won the Nobel Prize plus HE WAS
    a republican.

    More reason for recognition than any two cent comments
    presented by a real name or a user name.

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