After weeks of lobbying and political maneuvering, sign waving, flag waving, letters and emails, Hawaii governor, Linda Lingle, vetoed a measure that would have given same-sex and unwed heterosexual couples the same protections under the law as married couples.
"After months of listening to Hawaii's citizens express to me in writing and in person their deeply held beliefs and heartfelt reasons for supporting or opposing the civil-unions bill, I have made the decision to veto the bill. I have been open and consistent to my opposition to same-gender marriage and find that the bill is essentially marriage by another name. My personal opinion is not the basis for my decision ... Neither is my veto based on my religious beliefs ... I am vetoing this bill because I have become convinced that this issue is of such of societal importance that it deserves to be decided by all the people in Hawaii."
Yes, Linda, let's have the majority vote on the rights of the minority. But let's also ask them, if marriage is so sacred, to vote to outlaw divorce.
Of course, Lingle, having been married, and divorced, twice, might not like that idea. I always love the irony of those anti-marriage equality people who trod out the sanctity of marriage bullshit, when they have a couple of marriages under their own belts. I say we work to enact legislation telling the heteros that they are no longer allowed to divorce.
It really will be until death do they part.