Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Supports Marriage Equality in Hawaii

January 30, 2013

Tulsi_Gabbard,_official_portrait,_113th_Congress (1)Just two days after Senator Brian Schatz called on the Hawaii State Legislature to pass a marriage bill this year, Representative Tulsi Gabbard released a statement today reiterating her support for marriage equality. Representative Gabbard has already committed to cosponsoring legislation that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. And now, she’s calling on Hawaii lawmakers to ensure that all families in the Aloha State are treated fairly:

“I strongly disagree with a two-tiered, discriminatory government policy of ‘marriage’ and ‘civil unions.’ Government officials, judges, and bureaucrats should not have the power to declare one relationship ‘morally’ superior to another.

“However, as long as government is involved in the marriage business, it must recognize and treat all Americans as equal. I fully support equal rights, benefits, and privileges for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. Those in same-sex relationships should not be denied by the government the right to marry and enjoy the same benefits, rights, and responsibilities as heterosexual married couples.

“In a step toward marriage equality, I will be an original co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In addition, I encourage Hawai`i state lawmakers to pass legislation that will ensure fair and equal treatment for all of Hawaii’s citizens.”

We thank Representative Gabbard for taking a stand for all Hawaii families and urge the legislature to heed her call to action and extend marriage to all loving couples.