Political Radar


November 13th, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, using a single koa pen, signed a marriage equality bill into law on Wednesday.

Abercrombie said that, in the past, he has often used several pens to sign bills into law so key people involved would have something to mark the occasion.

But the governor said he would give the koa pen used to sign marriage equality to retired state Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson, who wrote the 1993 court ruling that held that denying marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples was a violation of equal protection under the state Constitution.

7 Responses to “Signed”

  1. Johnson:

    That's a really fine gesture, the single pen going to Justice Levinson.

  2. Kolea:

    One of the positive aspects of this episode has been able to listen to Justice Levinson explain constitutional law. What a pleasure it has been to be allowed an opportunity to get smarter. More people should avail themselves of the opportunity by going to the Olelo video archive of the hearings and go to Day 2.

    Unfortunately, some of our legislators were unwilling or unable to avail themselves of learning from Levinson. Either they shied away, afraid of "making A" in class. Or they TRIED to snipe at him, from behind cover, afraid to come out into the open, mano a mano, to challenge the champion.

    My parents were right. I should have gone to law school!

    Yes, the man should have gone to Levinson. But I also tip my glass to Bill Woods, the wild and crazy guy who kick started this worldwide movement over 20 years ago by creating the legal crisis which then went before Justice Levinson and the Supremes, allowing them the opportunity to soar.

    Mahalo Bill!

  3. Especially Incognito:

    Copy and paste can make anybody a lawyer.
    Plagiarist like rant paul.

  4. ohiaforest3400:

    Kolea, earning a law degree is the functional equivalent of a limited lobotomy. It may teach critical thinking and analysis but it tends to purge creative skills like those you display in your writing so, no, your parents were wrong (sorry). You (and we) are better off doing whatever it is you do.

  5. Auto de Fe:

    In any other state, Levinson would be in prison for his role in the looting of the Kamehameha Schools Trust.

  6. Especially Incognito:

    Another lemming that went to a University only
    to think one way. Right or left but cannot think
    straight. Happens when you not sure what is what.
    Lawyers are contrary. Becoming politicians,
    they talk in loopholes.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    What other state is a there a "Kamehameha Schools Trust"?
    Other states don't recognize Native Hawaiians.

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