New Opportunity to Pass Civil Unions in Hawaii

Today, the Hawaii state legislature opens their 2011-12 legislative session at the state capitol in Honolulu.  They will have many important issues to address, but we need to send a strong message that LGBT civil rights should be among the highest of priorities. If you’re a Hawaii resident, please send a message to your legislators urging them to act swiftly to pass civil unions!

The time is now to finally end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Aloha State, and to treat ALL families in Hawaii with the same dignity and respect. No child of a same-gendered family should have to grow up thinking their family is somehow less loving or legitimate than their straight counterparts.

As we’ve done three times in the past two years, HRC is sending staff to Hawaii to help with the legislative effort and to mobilize HRC’s members, supporters and allies. I will work with Equality Hawaii and the broad coalition of local organizations and volunteers to finally pass this bill.

If you’d like to help with the campaign for equality in Hawaii, please email me at tony.wagner@hrc.org.


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Governor Rick Perry: Texas is ‘a Land of Opportunity’ Unless You’re Gay and Want to Marry

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On the campaign trail, Governor Rick Perry talked up Texas:

That prompted a question, later on, from someone in the audience who wanted to know if the governor of Texas wants to be the next president of the United States. "No," Perry said. "I have no intention to go to Washington, D.C., except maybe to go to a museum, like the Smithsonian."

Social issues might be in the back seat, but they're still in the car: "There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it's called Texas," Perry said. "We're creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. … Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?"


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