Jan 30, 2010 7:44 AM GMT
Hawaii kills same-sex civil unions bill
Red_Vespa saidFrom additional background information I read, it appears the lack of support came from the Speaker of the House, a Democrat. Faced with the likelihood of an insurmountable veto by the Republican Governor, he wouldn't waste any political capital on a lost cause. Right now the Dems in Hawaii are looking at unfavorable poll numbers, and gays can be sacrificed to avoid Republican criticism on the issue.
Plus there's a large state budget deficit, with Republicans of course pushing for more tax cuts as the answer. Trying to steer a fiscally responsible course won't be easy for Democrats in that climate, and the Speaker saw gay civil unions as a "distraction" they didn't need.
Funny, how come Black civil rights in the US weren't a "distraction" for Democrats some 50 years ago, but a goal? With perennial Republican opposition, and gutless Democrats, we gays have only enemies and fair-weather friends, but no champions.
Pattison saidHow come many gay and bisexual men use the black civil rights fight, to compare the gay rights fight. Red you of all people who is a breeding bisexual, who has had a number of wives, well know the diffrence, as you are a fine example of how easy it is to hid your sexuality behind a woman. But......... a black fella can never hide his colour. There is a big fundamental difference there mate. Many bi and gay men have been able to enter institution, that states no gay, unseen. Yet a black fella was not able to walk into a whites only instertusion unseen, or even a whites only public toilet..
Anyhow this is a gay issue and not a bi issue, because as you well know bisexuals have a right to marrage, and able to do so. It's us homosexuals who do not, in most parts of the world.
Pattison saidIt saddens me these most beautiful islands have been dragged into such ugly American politics.
Pattison saidblack fella can never hide his colour. There is a big fundamental difference there mate.
Anto saidBut......... a black fella can never hide his colour. There is a big fundamental difference there mate.
It's the same for the reason that it has to be hidden to begin with, being gay or black. The treatment is the same and that's the whole problem and why it's treated as such.