Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Q: Should Hawaii allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Hawaii's anti-discrimination laws?
Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Hawaii's anti-discrimination laws?
Aiona adds, "I believe each state needs to handle the issue in accordance with the will of its people. In Hawai'i, I believe the will of the people has been clear on the issue of same-sex marriage and civil unions, as demonstrated by election vote in 1998 and public opposition in 2009. The wonderful thing about our system of government is that we encourage dialogue from all parties, regardless of the size of their constituency. Thus, it is commendable and admirable when people make their beliefs known in a respectful way in an effort engender the type of change they seek. "
However, I want to be clear that my personal opinion is not the basis for my decision against allowing this legislation to become law. Neither is my veto based on my religious beliefs or on the political impact it might have on me or anyone else of either political party in some future election.
I am vetoing this bill because I have become convinced that this issue is of such significant societal importance that it deserves to be decided directly by all the people of Hawaii. 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.
A: I support traditional marriage. Marriage has both religious and civil implications. Marriage is undeniably a religious institution, in which a personal relationship between individuals is instituted and celebrated according to their religious beliefs. In addition, government has long conferred legal benefits and protections on married couples. In other words, marriage is also a public institution. This public institution has historically been limited to men and women, even where other relationships were respected. I support the continued restriction of marriage to an institution between men and women. This does not suggest that society should deny gays and lesbians the legal benefits of marriage. On the contrary, I support domestic partnerships. Domestic partnerships afford the same legal benefits of marriage while preserving the sanctity of the marital institution.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
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