Honolulu, HI - This afternoon, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream" speech, supporters will gather at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol rotunda to show solidarity for social justice, civil rights, and marriage equality.
Rally organizer, Shaun C., a MoveOn.org member invites the public to rally on Wednesday, August 28th, from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm on the Beretania Street side of the state capitol rotunda. Special guest speakers will include United States Senator Brian Schatz, State Representative Chris Lee, Justice Steven Levinson,
Jo-Ann Adams and Marsha Joyner.
Senator Schatz has endorsed national measures which level the equity factor for Americans in all walks of life.
In an earlier press release from the group, Hawaii United for Marriage, Schatz said, "Equality goes hand-in-hand with Hawaii's values and with what the majority of Americans hope to achieve. Our country took an important step towards achieving marriage equality, and now it's time for Hawaii to step up and allow same-sex couples to marry. I urge the Hawaii State Legislature to do what's right and make marriage equality a reality."
Retired Justice Steven Levinson, during his tenure on the Supreme Court, authored Baehr vs. Lewin (1993), which became the first appellate decision in the U.S. to maintain that a state's marriage laws were unconstitutional, and launched the marriage equality movement.
Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation, Congresswomen Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz, urged state lawmakers on August 16, 2013 to support a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.