The Family Equality Coalition of Hawaii, one of the largest supporters of equal rights as it pertains to same-sex couples sent out a letter to supporters after yesterday’s senate session.
Here is what they had to say:
By now most of you know that yesterday’s vote in the Hawaii Senate to pull our civil unions bill (HB444 HD1) to the floor for a full vote was not successful. This was a great disappointment for Hawaii’s LGBT community and our allies. While 18 of the 25 members of the Hawaii Senate pledged to support this bill, only six stood firm on their commitment and voted to pull the bill from the deadlocked Senate JGO Committee. We are so grateful for the courage of these six senators. Our deepest appreciation and thanks to you!
We must not lose sight of our goal of equality and I want to stress to all of you that we have not lost. We have moved so far in 2009 on our path towards equality. This legislative session proved to be an opportunity to educate the public, educate the legislators, dramatically expand our membership base, and most importantly actually pass a civil unions bill out of the Hawaii House of Representatives by a vote of 33-17. This is the not the end but just the beginning of a newly energized movement for LGBT equality in the State of Hawaii. We will continue to get stronger and increase our already emerging political power. Look how things have changed since 2007 when we couldn’t even get the House Judiciary Committee to even vote on our bill! Family Equality Coalition will continue to pursue all available avenues to obtain the legal rights and protections that our families deserve.
Immediate Next Steps….
Friday, March 27, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - MAHALO AND LEI GIVING to the 6 brave senators who voted to recall HB444 from committee. Please join us. We will meet at the State Capitol by the Queen Liliuokalani statue. FEC will donate leis, but feel free to bring your own as well. The more the better. For further information please call Jesse at 954-1685.
Friday, March 27, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - SIGN WAVING AT THE CAPITOL CONTINUES. We must show the Senate that our community will continue to fight for our equal rights and that we cannot be silenced. We all know what a great strategy sign waving is here in Hawaii, and it’s fun too! Please join us for whatever time you can spare. We have plenty of extra signs if you don’t have your own.
THANK YOU CARDS: Please take the time in the next few days to mail personal thank you cards to our six brave senators. Please mail to the following address and add the Senator’s room number: 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813.
- Sen. Gary Hooser, Room 214
- Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Room 231
- Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, Room 226
- Sen. Carol Fukunaga, Room 216
- Sen. Les Ihara, Room 220
- Sen. Michelle Kidani, Room 203
LAST BUT NOT LEAST….
Thanks to our dedicated FEC members and coalition partners for helping us to achieve our amazing progress thus far. I am honored to be working with you and am excited about our continued work together as we move forward to achieving equality for all couples and families.
Alan R. Spector, LCSW
I just would like to say thank you to the Family Equality Coalition for all the great work they do here in Hawaii!