Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Congressman: Gays and Lesbian Citizens of Hawaii Shouldn't Be Discriminated Against

Hawaii Reporter: Hawaii Reporter
[The most basic reasoning behind my support is that this bill offers homosexuals equality under the law and ensures basic human rights. When we deny law-abiding citizens the rights and privileges offered to citizens based on an innate quality, we are committing discrimination. The gay and lesbian citizens of Hawaii are good citizens; they pay taxes, and follow laws. It is shameful that while they must give their equal share to the government, the government will not give them equal protection.

Hawaii is one of the most diverse places on Earth. We produced the nation’s first minority President. We elected the first woman of color to Congress. How can we allow discrimination to a population based on who they love? Hawaii should be a beacon for the rest of the nation, and be among the few states who offer equal rights to all its citizens.]