Star-Advertiser: Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill 10/31/13

Sen. Clayton Hee addressed the Senate before voting on the gay marriage bill on Wednesday. Hee, who voted in favor of the bill, said, “I ask you to expand the meaning of the word ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless of his or her race, his or her color, his or her creed, or his or her sexual orientation.” Fellow Democrats Maile Shimabukuro and Clarence Nishihara listened.

Star-Advertiser: Sen. Clayton Hee addressed the Senate before voting on the gay marriage bill on Wednesday. Hee, who voted in favor of the bill, said, “I ask you to expand the meaning of the word ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless of his or her race, his or her color, his or her creed, or his or her sexual orientation.” Fellow Democrats Maile Shimabukuro and Clarence Nishihara listened.

Senate passes bill: The House will likely broaden the religious exemption
By Derrick DePledge
Star-Advertiser 10/31/13

The state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve a gay marriage bill, casting the decision as an important leg in the long march toward equality for gays and lesbians.

The 20-4 vote sent the bill to the state House, where the House Judiciary and Finance committees will hold a public hearing today. If the committees amend the bill, which is likely in order to win over some House lawmakers worried about the scope of a religious exemption, then the bill would return to the Senate for another review.

Sen. Clayton Hee (D, Heeia-Laie- Waialua), chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, placed marriage equality into the same historical context as the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which determined that state bans on interracial marriage violated equal protection and due process. He also likened the vote to the 1970 decision by Hawaii Gov. John Burns, a devout Catholic, to set aside his faith and allow an abortion rights bill to become law without his signature.

“I respectfully and humbly ask that you join me in bringing maluhia (serenity) to that community who seeks justice. I ask (that) you expand the meaning of ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless … ” said Hee.

He was interrupted by a woman in the Senate gallery who snickered and was admonished by Senate President Donna Mercado Kim (D, Kalihi Valley-Moanalua-Halawa) to remain quiet.

He continued, “I ask you to expand the meaning of the word ‘aloha’ to truly include everyone regardless of his or her race, his or her color, his or her creed, or his or her sexual orientation.”

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