Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle vetoes LGBT right to marriage
Hawaii's Governor, two-term Republican Linda Lingle followed the conservative agenda of denying people equal rights when she vetoed a bill that would have permitted same-sex marriage.
The governor, who got max-media coverage out of the issue by stringing it out for months, made sure the last day was no different as she called leaders on both sides to be by her side when she made her predictable announcement.
"There has not been a bill I have contemplated more or an issue I have thought more deeply about during my eight years as governor than House Bill 444 and the institution of marriage," Lingle said at a news conference. "I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same-sex marriage, and find that House Bill 444 is essentially same-sex marriage by another name."
She decided to veto the bill on the very last day she had to sign the bill into law, veto it, or not act, at which point the law, which passed the Hawaii legislature in April would have gone into law without her signature.
Indicating that she prefers this decision to be made by voters, the governor said, "It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude to be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials."
The decision was predictable, because social conservatives of the Republican base do not view members of the LGBT as equal citizens under the law. Republican homophobes, some of the loudest, who can't practice what they preach, believe that the injustice and inequality that they support against the LGBT community is of a divine source, citing interpretations from the bible, which was written in a male dominated era, when women had few rights, were considered homebound slaves, and whose primary duty was to carry a man's off-spring as a result of his desire for sex.
With strong pressure from religious groups and the Right-Wing media, Governor Lingle's veto was predictable because no Republican candidate who seriously wishes to have any kind of future as an elected politician, would dare cross the line and support same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. During this era of the great GOP purge, when all candidates are held to a strict social conservative litmus test over same-sex marriage, abortion rights, gun rights and a Christian God, to do anything other than veto HB444, would have been equivalent to political suicide.
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Source: The LA Times