It’s Time for Marriage in Hawaii: Danny & Allen

July 29, 2013

Allen Castro and Danny Robinson 2Danny and Allen know better than most how important marriage is.

When Danny’s mother was sick and dying, Allen took time off from his job to help take care of her in her final weeks. But because Allen and Danny weren’t able to get married, Allen was denied family medical leave — just one of thousands of protections extended to married couples. Without leave to take care of his partner’s mother, Allen almost lost his job.

Danny and Allen know how much it hurts to be denied the security you need to take care of the one you love, and that’s why they jumped at the opportunity to get married.

When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, Allen and Danny traveled to San Francisco and were married on Saturday, February 14. Their Valentine’s Day marriage was placed in limbo for six months before it was nullified.

The couple had rushed to get married, worried that their window of opportunity would close. And their biggest fear came true — their marriage was taken away.

One year after their marriage was nullified, Danny and Allen retired to Hilo. Although they’ve built a stong “ohana” of support here, they know they still need the protection that only marriage provides.

After four decades together, Danny and Allen deserve the respect and dignity of marriage. And as they age, it’s more important than ever that they’re given equal protection under the law.