Hawaii lawmakers to consider gaming, marriage equality

Associated Press
January 21, 2009
Hawaii lawmakers convene a new session Wednesday in which they expect to consider legalizing gambling, recognizing marriage for gay couples and preserving Hawaiian lands. The session runs through May 7. (Link)

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Advocates energized despite political loss

Star Bulletin
January 12, 2009
Key legislators say they are willing to discuss the marriage and civil union measures. (Link)

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Marriage equality remains on agenda

Star Bulletin
November 10, 2008
Following the 2008 election, the Hawaii paper states, " Legislators should reconsider their stance as gay marriages gain acceptance." (Link)

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Prop 8: DEVASTATING internal memo from the LDS Church

Daily Kos
November 3, 2008
A Daily Kos blogger reports on an internal MEMO from the LDS church which discusses their commitment to stop marriage equality and partnership recognition in both Hawaii and California so it does not spread across the country. (Link)

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UH reaches settlement in gay pair’s housing suit

Star Bulletin
August 30, 2008
The University of Hawaii has settled a discrimination lawsuit by a gay couple who said they were denied family housing. (Link)

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Momentum gaining for marriage equality

Star-Bulletin
June 29, 2008
There is a quiet, but steadily growing movement to reintroduce the legalization of gay and lesbian couples' marriages at the Hawaii Legislature next year. [Link]

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Bi-national couple faces prosecution in HI

365Gay.com
March 28, 2007
A 65-year old Honolulu man has pleaded guilty for helping to arrange a marriage for his Chinese partner so that the man could remain in the US. [Link]

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Former gay union foe now lobbying for equality

Washington Blade
January 12, 2007
Debi Hartmann is working with gay activists and Democratic leaders in Hawaii to enact civil unions. The move represents a stark change for Hartmann, who once led Hawaii's Future Today, a conservative group of Mormons, Catholics and others who opposed gay unions. "Real people live real lives," she said. "We need to realize that our neighbors are our friends, and they are being left out of a whole social process that we have taken for granted." [Link]

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Shin Buddhism Address: Should Same-Sex Marriages Be Legal?: Revering Limitless Light and Life in Tod

Dharma Rain, Vol. 1, No. 2
December 1, 1997

Rev. Bruce Nakamura writes, "In life, there are no unimportant or inferior or subordinate or queer persons. There are no unimportant tasks or vocations. There are no unimportant acts of kindness. Each human being is, after all, as happy or as miserable as he or she makes his or her mind up to be. Know yourself, accept yourself. This is the Buddha's love and wisdom in you. Changing, learning, growing and sharing. It is all about you. It is all about me. It is no one else's responsibility." [Link]

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