By Derrick DePledge
The Hawaii Republican Assembly on Tuesday described the religious exemption in the draft of a gay marriage bill as a "scam."
The conservative fringe of the state GOP has led the party's opposition to marriage equality in a series of edgy missives to supporters. The party's elected Republicans have been quiet by comparison.
Tito Montes, who leads the Hawaii Republican Assembly, does not argue -- like some religious conservatives -- that the religious exemption in the bill is inadequate. He predicts instead that it will likely be subject to legal challenge and fall in court, like the federal Defense of Marriage Act did before the U.S. Supreme Court.
What many of these Democrats will be saying in their own defense from now until Election Day is that they "care so much" about religious freedom and about "traditional values" that they made sure to put a "religious exemption" in the proposed new homosexual 'marriage' law which will prevent churches from being forced by the government to perform same-sex 'weddings' or from being forced to rent church-owned facilities to gay couples.
Democrat Balderdash!!!!! This is a deliberate, premeditated lie to deceive church leaders and churchgoing voters into giving Democrats what they want but maintaining the ruse of "caring" even though they (Democrats) know full well that this exemption will get challenged and eradicated.
REMEMBER . . . It only took one single court ruling to throw the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into the rubbish heap of legal history. Remember, DOMA was the one law which Republicans and Democrats and then President Bill Clinton assured us would stand the test of time and protect the institution of marriage forever. As it turned out, clever lawyers working for the homosexual lobby and the Democrats found a way to get the U.S. Supreme Court to find a loophole. So, just how hard will it be to convince some island-Democrat-ACLU-defense-lawyer-appointed-to-a-local-judgeship to throw out those "religious exemptions" with the stroke of a pen? Not long at all.