Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: “I disagree” with civil unionsAugust 22, 2013
Supporters of marriage equality in Hawaii have long argued that civil unions are an insufficient substitute for the protections and dignity that only marriage can provide. And now that the Supreme Court has struck down a core part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the inequities of civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii has never been more clear. Because Hawaii only offers civil unions — not marriage — to gay and lesbian couples, they are denied countless critical federal protections.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a strong proponent of the freedom to marry for all loving couples, knows that civil unions just don’t work. She disagrees with the “two-tiered discriminatory government policy” and is urging Hawaii lawmakers to act now and pass marriage equality:
Rep. Gabbard stands alongside her fellow members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation – Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Sen. Brian Schatz, and Sen. Mazie Hirono – in unanimously urging the Hawaii Legislature to extend marriage to same-sex couples without delay.
In recent days, numerous other elected officials have spoken out for marriage equality in Hawaii, including Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang, Rep. Nicole Lowen, Rep. Della Au Bellati, Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Senator Will Espero, and Honolulu City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson, and all four members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation.
Thank you, Rep. Gabbard for standing with the people of Hawaii in calling for fairness for all ohana!