State of Hawaii Archives: on Civil Rights

John Carroll: Inclusive legislation to banish racism and intolerance

Q: The country is torn apart. What would you do to rebuild bridges?

A: I don't think the bridge has ever been built. Since before the days of Dr. Martin Luther King, the "bridge" has been under constant construction, and it is far from nearing completion. As a U.S. Senator I will do everything possible to bring to Washington the values of aloha (love), laulima (cooperation), ho'ihi (respect), and kuleana (responsibility and accountability). Values that have guided my long career as an attorney, politician, pilot & businessman--values that got me re-elected to state office. As a US senator I would vote for and propose inclusive legislation that will ensure the evils of racism, intolerance and bigotry never have a place in America again. Most importantly, I would work every day to build that bridge between two parties who fundamentally want the same thing: A better America. Our country may be torn apart--often down party lines--but it is not too late to start working together.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2016 Hawaii Senate race Jul 29, 2016

David Ige: Follow the lessons offered by our host culture

We need to fulfill our obligations to our host culture whose sense of aloha influences everything we do. As we speak, the Hokule'a & its sister ship are sailing across the oceans to call for a more sustainable world.

Their voyage banner, Malama Honua, means "to care for our earth." Living on an island, we know better than most that the limited resources of this planet must be protected if we are to thrive as a species. That is the lesson offered by our host culture. It is their gift to all of us.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Hawaii Legislature Jan 26, 2015

Mark Takai: Support ENDA; oppose DOMA; yes to LGBT marriage

"I believe all law-abiding Americans should have the same rights--period." I voted yes for marriage equality in the Hawaii State House in November because it was the right thing to do. In Congress, I will work to ensure that the LGBT community has the same rights afforded to everyone else. As a Lt. Colonel in the National Guard, I supported the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I was pleased when the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional. I think all people should be treated the same.

I will also support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress. No one deserves to be fired because of his or her sexual orientation.

Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Cam Cavasso: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Cavasso: Strongly Agree.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Eddie Pirkowski: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Pirkowski: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Hawaii Senate race Jul 2, 2014

David Ige: Civil unions ok; gay marriage not ok

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: Yes.

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

John Carroll: Opposes same-sex marriage, but 14th Amendment trumps that

Q: Do you support same-sex marriage?

A: No. I think the 14th Amendment trumps whatever feelings I have on the subject. A number of states have passed same sex marriage laws including Hawaii.

Source: VoteSmart 2012 Hawaii Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Duke Aiona: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Hawaii allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Hawaii's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Hawaii's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

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. "

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Duke Aiona: Supports affirmative action

Q: Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Linda Lingle: Civil unions are same-sex marriage by another name

After months of listening to Hawaii's citizens express to me in writing and in person their deeply held beliefs and heartfelt reasons for supporting or opposing the Civil Unions Bill, I have made the decision to veto HB 444. I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same gender marriage and find that HB 444 is essentially marriage by another name.

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.

Source: 2010 Hawaii gubernatorial Press Release, "Veto HB444" Jul 6, 2010

Charles Djou: Supports traditional marriage but also domestic partnerships

Q: What is your opinion of gay marriage, and how could that factor into your campaign?

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.

Source: Jumping in Pools blog Q&A on 2014 Hawaii Governor's race Mar 1, 2010

Daniel Akaka: Opposed the Patriot Act renewal on civil liberty grounds

I voted aye when congress authorized the PATRIOT Act the first time. That bill granted limited powers, and I voted for it. But I opposed the second PATRIOT Act, because I felt they were being overrun by the administration. National security must be a priority of the US government. However, civil liberties are equally important, and the reauthorized PATRIOT Act failed to provide checks against abuses against civil liberties, and the Bush administration I feel abused the PATRIOT Act.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Ed Case: Supported Patriot Act to provide law enforcement tools

PATRIOT Act II was a reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act. And it was passed after a very long and very vigorous debate. It was passed with my vote. We want our law enforcement community to have the tools it needs to protect us, investigating, surveying, wiretapping, but we want our law enforcement community to have those powers only if there’s a check and balance placed on that law enforcement community against abuse, i.e. a search warrant and court supervision.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Cam Cavasso: PATRIOT Act does not go too far

Q: Does the patriot act go too far in restricting civil liberties?

A: No

Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald Election Guide Questions Aug 22, 2004

Benjamin Cayetano: Defend native Hawaiian Homelands project

During the past year, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands continued its unprecedented pace of building homesteads and returning Hawaiians to the land. Clouding the good work of the department, however, is the recently filed lawsuit - Barrett vs. State of Hawaii - challenging the constitutionality of OHA and the Department. It is a broadside attack on Hawaiian programs and on our Constitution. I pledge that I will use my authority to defend and protect the rights of native Hawaiians.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

Charles Djou: No affirmative action

Source: 2000 Hawaii Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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