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

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