Saturday, June 26, 2010

Faithful Citizenship

June 27, 2010

The fight to protect marriage as being between a man and woman only is far from over both on a local and a national level. Governor Lingle has merely bought herself two more weeks of sleeplessness by delaying her decision on HB 444. Her staffers say that the majority of phone calls coming in to her office are asking her to veto the bill. That should make us feel as though our efforts are worthwhile, but please don’t let it make you feel confident. Continue to call her office (586-0034) until the last minute. Several scenarios will follow her decision deadline of July 6:
1) If she vetoes the bill, the legislature can choose to hold a special session to consider an override. The Senate president feels she would have the votes to override. (Remember in November, this is the same person running for Congress who could make these things happen at a national level.) The House leader doubts that he would have the required votes. It would die FOR THIS YEAR.
2) If she signs the bill, it becomes law.
3) She can choose to ignore the bill altogether in which case it becomes law without her signature.
Those of us opposed to this bill have been accused of trying to deny basic civil rights to others. Don’t be fooled into apologizing for your Catholic faith. Our faith supports marriage between a man and a woman for the good of, and perpetuation of, society. There are no human rights being denied. It’s an emotional tactic. Going one step further, Hawaii’s reciprocal beneficiary registration (1997) specifically covers many of the rights proponents of the bill say they are being denied: inheritance, worker’s comp., right to sue for wrongful death, health insurance and pension benefits for state employees, hospital visitation and healthcare decision making. Protect traditional marriage.

Gotta go boot up my hard drive!

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