Hawaii was the one of the first states to burst onto the forefront of the LGBT-movement in what seems like so long ago.  The early news from the state was short-lived as the rights were taken away.  But earlier this week, the state of Hawaii… our 50th state… took a bold new step in the course of equal rights for all its citizens when it approved civil unions for LGBT couples.  Hawaii has an anti-gay marriage amendment in its constitution, so this is as close as supporters can currently go without having to repeal the amendment… which is probably the next overall step.  The legislature had approved this last year, but the Governor at the time vetoed it.  This time, with a new Governor in the office, it is done.  Hawaii becomes the 7th state to approve of civil unions… following on the heals of Illinois which approved of them earlier in the year.

This is remarkable progress and an important step for our community, but it is not the end of our journey.  The work still presses forward, our hopes are anew, and the dreams of our brothers in a state far beyond the borders of any other state are being realized.  They can hold their head up high and know that their state is making progressive social strides for all its citizens.

When one visits Hawaii, there is but one greeting for arriving and departing… Aloha.  I think our community has even more reason to be saying ‘Aloha’ now as it joins a group of states from the mainland.  And though the state is often considered the last of the statehood lineage, it has shown us now that it is not last in our hearts.   “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono”… or “The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.”

I will admit that I am very proud of the step that Hawaii has taken this past week.  It goes to show that the times are changing and that people are starting to realize that the sky won’t fall in.  Still, it is a trek that we are all on together, and during this journey, we must not lose sight of our own basic humanity toward each other… no matter what side of the issue one might fall on.  As this important step comes to pass, I would like to encourage those on the opposing side to keep an open mind and see where things fall.  And so… in celebrating the big step that Hawaii has made toward equal rights for its citizens, the only thing that really needs to be said is… Aloha!


One Response to Aloha!

  1. kyle says:

    yeah nice

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