Statement from Mufi Hannemann regarding veto of HB 444:
Now that the governor has decided the fate of House Bill 444, I firmly support steps to let the people of Hawaii have the final say on an issue that has generated passionate perspectives.
I continue to believe that marriage between a man and a woman is sacrosanct. That said, as someone who has fought to overcome prejudice, I would also continue to champion the civil rights of all citizens and seek to end discrimination—in employment, housing, health care, and areas where it still exists—irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious preference.
If given the opportunity, I know the people of Hawaii will have the wisdom and compassion to make a decision that reflects our values and goals for a fair and open society.
HANNEMANN WANTS IT BOTH WAYS ON CIVIL UNIONS
HONOLULU—Hawaii GOP Chairman Jonah Ka'auwai responded to Mufi Hannemann's comments on Governor Linda Lingle's veto of HB 444 this afternoon:
"Mufi Hannemann wants to have it both ways when taking an position on civil unions. His message today fails to state clearly whether he would have signed or vetoed HB 444.
"Hannemann is hoping to get a pass from the media on taking a definitive stance on this issue so he can continue to tell the supporters of HB 444 one thing and the opponents another. This is Hannemann's M.O.-- 'Anything to Win.' His brand of deception on one of the most controversial issues our state has ever faced is appalling and needs to be exposed.
"If Hannemann cannot be trusted to make a firm decision on HB 444, we cannot trust him at all."
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Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie released the following statement on Gov. Lingle’s decision to veto HB 444:
“Governor Lingle has made her choice and the Legislature has said it will not go back into a special session for any veto overrides. HB 444 was not a same-sex marriage bill. The State Legislature has already defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Civil unions respect our diversity, protect people’s privacy and reinforce our core values of equality and aloha.
“Now, it will be up to the next Governor and Legislature to ensure that all people of Hawaii receive equal treatment. Protecting people’s civil rights cannot be compromised. I am committed to that most essential of constitutional imperatives.”