Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hawaii Civil Unions Lawsuit!!

Lambda Legal and six gay couples are filing a lawsuit in Hawaii because of the Governors decision to veto the Civil Unions Bill earlier this month. According to the Associated Press....

The lawsuit doesn't seek the titles of "marriage" or "civil unions" for gay partners. Instead, it requests that the court system extend them the benefits and responsibilities of marriage based on the Hawaii Constitution's prohibition against sex discrimination.
"We continue to be discriminated against," said plaintiff Suzanne King, who has been in a relationship with her partner for 29 years. "We're a family unit, and we live our lives just like everyone else, but we aren't treated the same."
This of course is the appropriate response. For even though I had a detailed analysis of the Hawaii governors race earlier this week and how the race will affect civil unions; it is essential that cities and states recognize that they cannot just deny citizens the rights of others because of who they love. But, this does not stop some of the anti-gays from coming out of the woodwork.

 "I feel insulted. They keep bringing up Martin Luther King, black rights and women's sufferage. This is not about that. This is about two males or two females practicing sex," he said. "It's behavior. It's no different from smokers or drinkers." Said Gary Hashimoto, Chairman of the Hawaii Christian Coalition. 
This is the typical mantra that the gay community receives from the religious right. Even my family members have stated this phrase to me, "It is a lifestyle, and it is about sex, why then do should you receive the same benefits as me? Someone who plays by the rules."  What they fail to realize, in their tradition minded brain, is that almost every organization (except for the religious ones) are in complete agreement. Homosexuality is no more of a "lifestyle" than being straight is; hence it is called an orientation. As I stated a few days ago, I am currently writing a post on tradition and how it impacts our thoughts; look for it in the next few days.

The crux of the Hawaii argument is this...in the words of Jennifer Pizer of Lambda Legal.

"This case is not about marriage. It's about the right of same-sex couples to at least have a system that is understandable and complete. The state's equality guarantee at least has to mean same-sex couples should have the same rights and responsibilities, even if it's segmented off into a system that isn't as respected, understood and revered as marriage."

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