Hawaii State Teacher’s Association endorses marriage equality in special session

September 30, 2013

HSTAUpdateThe Hawaii State Teacher’s Association is speaking out for the freedom to marry, urging members of the Hawaii Legislature to vote in favor of the marriage equality bill in the upcoming legislative session. HSTA’s board released this statement announcing their support:

The HSTA and its national affiliate, the National Education Association (NEA), have a proud history of fighting for equality of all individuals. Our basic philosophy is to protect and defend human and civil rights. The HSTAbelieves that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification must be eliminated.

The current law provides that the Legislature reserves marriage for opposite sex couples, and while HSTA was instrumental in the effort in passing the legislation that allowed civil unions in Hawaii, it is now time to take the next step.

The HSTA Board of Directors reaffirmed its 1998 position which opposed the constitutional amendment that allowed the Legislature to define marriage as between a man and a woman. In the upcoming special legislative session, the HSTA will be indicating its support of any bill that broadens the current definition of marriage.

We’re incredibly grateful for the HSTA’s support and welcome them to our growing coalition! We look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with HSTA members across the state as we work to win marriage equality when special session convenes next month.