Paki & Zan

August 14, 2013

Zan-PakiPaki and Zan have built a home with their daughter, three dogs, lots of cats, many birds, geckos, and Jackson chameleons living primitively in a beautiful Hawaiian forest illuminated by love.

The couple met at a Music Festival nearly 25 years ago. They became friends, fell in love, and have spent their lives together ever since. Their adopted 21-year-old daughter is a fledgling chef and the light of their lives.

The family is busy — but they work hard to find time to spend together, usually at home on their thirty-year-old couch. When they can, they all go to the beach — close to home on the Big Island or in Waikiki once or twice a year.

To Zan and Paki, marriage is sacred. And the couple made their commitment to one another aboard a cruise ship on Valentine’s Day.

Even though they’ve pledged to love and take care of each other always, their marriage and their commitment aren’t recognized in the state they call home.

They’ve been together for more than 2 decades, but they’re denied the protection and security that only marriage can provide. They know: only marriage says “we are family” in a way no other word does.

For Paki and Zan, the time for marriage equality is now. According to polls, a majority of their neighbors in Hawaii are supportive. Recent studies show a huge positive impact on the state’s economy. And committed, loving couples have waited long enough.

Hawaii legislators need to take the lead and extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples like Zan and Paki. The Aloha State is ready!