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October 22nd, 2013

Organizers of an informational briefing on gay marriage Wednesday night at the state Capitol have released the panelists.

The lawmakers -- Rep. Bob McDermott and Rep. Gene Ward -- will hear testimony.

The panelists:

-- Lynn Wardle, a Brigham Young University law professor, will speak on family law and marriage impacts.

-- Philip Lees, a teacher in Ontario, Canada, will discuss traditional marriage.

-- Innkeepers will outline legal experiences from Vermont.

-- Mark Regnerus, a University of Texas sociology professor, will discuss research on same-sex parenting.

The informational briefing will start at 5:30 p.m. at the state Capitol, Room 329. McDermott had told the Star-Advertiser Monday that the briefing would start at 6 p.m.

11 Responses to “Briefing”

  1. utse:

    Fun to see the way they are trying to spim this.

    Wardle is a BYU law professor. BYUH does not have a law school while BYU does. Gotta make it seem like at least one of your panelists has a local connection.

    Regnerus's study has been debunked as not about same-sex parenting. Easy as that. Google will help anyone figure that out on their own.

  2. Kolea:

    Renerus is an odd academic-entrepreneur. When pressed, he acknowledges his research has been misused by religious conservatives to make points beyond what he claims it to show. Yet he keeps loving the attention and so, willingly presents himself to provide purely conceived research which will inevitably be used by the otehr panelists and the audience, to reinforce their pre-conceived notions that opposite sex, "straight" couples make better parents than would be provided by same sex parents.

    The man has a stronger commitment to celebrity than he does to the social sciences.

    MY question: What happened to Sharon Har, Marcus Oshiro and Richard Fale as sponsors of this event? Why did they pull back from participating? Were they asked?

  3. Especially Incognito:

    Regnerus? Renerus?

    It should ask the question should already know the answer.

  4. Eric Ryan:

    Here's my official testimony for the above-referenced informational briefing via this blog:

    Hi, my name is Eric Ryan. Hawaii conservatives squandered a big, fat 2-to-1 lead in the years since the 1998 vote on the constitutional amendment concerning the definition of marriage. This last minute 'effort' by lazy procrastinators like Hochberg, Ward and McDermott is all a bunch of too little, too late, posturing by supposed conservative leaders in the islands who snoozed away the past 15 years and realize they need to impress their ideological constituents. If self-described conservatives really want to win next week, they should build a time machine and go back to 1999 where they would have to make a sustained effort to educate and persuade the public. With some effort, Hawaii might not be watching LGBT weddings, let alone providing civil unions (which was the last time these lazy procrastinators got their butts kicked). Watching these local 'leaders' try to fool folks into believing that this underwhelming, late-in-the-game activity represents their best efforts is nausea-inducing. It's time for new conservative leadership which doesn't sit on a huge lead and fritter it all away. "Let the people decide" is a very poorly timed and ridiculously subtle theme which would have made more sense ten years ago. Right now, only directness about the issue at hand and the cons of the bill being considered can save the game with the smoke from the two minute warning gun already dissipated. Anything else is just going through the motions.

    Thanks for letting me give my testimony to the committee via this blog. Mahalo.

  5. Nala007:

    Thanks Eric. You acknowledge that your side got its butt kicked with civil unions and is about to again with marriage equality. For once I agree with you on something.

  6. Kolea:


    I think you misunderstand Eric's comments. When he blames "conservatives" for lousy leadership, he excludes himself from any responsibility. After all, he has been volunteering to provide wise, strategic leadership to Hawaii conservatives for a couple of decades. And nothing he has done over the years could be described as "nausea-inducing," unlike those lazy conservatives who have distracted Hawaii rightwingers from his superior skill set. Obviously, it is not his fault his efforts have been so unsuccessful at stemming the rainbow tide. Conservatives obviously deserve their defeat for not recognizing him for being the genius he is.

    You assume a logical consistency which is just not there.

  7. Eric Ryan:

    Awww, Kolea. It's become obvious that at some point I must have broken your heart, stomped on your feelings, and never reciprocated the love you felt for me. I hope that after the LGBT marriage law is passed, you'll be able to find someone in that alphabet soup less repulsed by you than I've always been.

  8. Nala007:


    I have never met Eric and wouldn't know him if I was standing next to him. But I sure would like to meet him. Would love to see what he looks like and try to understand what makes him tick.....i.e. Just what kind of personal "crazy" is he battling. From what I have seen of his comments, he is quite the fool that no one takes seriously. And the marriage equality issue really has him stirred up.

  9. Waldorks:

    Didn't realize the circus was in town this late in the year.

  10. Especially Incognito:

    Both conservatives and liberals are to be blamed.
    Neither can take the responsibility and they let
    the people choose. Seems they want to be treated
    as equal but it requires a "special session" to make
    this happen.

    As if it treats others equal. Seem it calls names just
    as much and goes into a hissy fit if confronted.

  11. Especially Incognito:

    I would certainly know it without a breath
    and one with.

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