Aloha Civil Unions

July 7th, 2010

A unfortunate follow-up to Aloha about the Gov. Linda Lingle’s veto of the Hawaii gay civil unions bill, as reported in Hawaii Governor Vetoes Civil Unions Bill After Weeks Of Stalling (Huffington Post 7/06/10), Lingle Vetoes Hawaii Civil Unions, Threatens Tax Base And Equal Rights (Huffington Post 7/07/10) and Hawaii governor vetoes same-sex civil unions bill (Washington Post 7/07/10).

“I have been open and consistent in my opposition to same-gender marriage, and find that House Bill 444 is essentially marriage by another name… The subject of this legislation has touched the hearts and minds of our citizens as no other social issue of our day. It would be a mistake to allow a decision of this magnitude to be made by one individual or a small group of elected officials.” – Gov. Linda Lingle re the Hawaii civil union bill


Which way would she go?

For the longest time, we just didn’t know.


Now Hawaii has its response,

Which soon-ex Governor Lingle in historical ignominy will ensconce.

Lingle vetoed the civil unions bill yesterday,

Meaning you still don’t have equal rights there if you’re gay.


The bill was passed by the state legislature back in April,

And Hawaiian governors rarely veto legislation, as a rule.

She didn’t even have to sign it, she just had to let it go.

Instead, she decided to use her veto.


Lingle is term-limited, so this will be her last big official act

And will from her already questionable legacy further detract.

After one more day approval would have been automatic,

But instead Lingle chose to be autocratic.


She says the issue should be decided by public referendum,

Which I think is both unfair and dumb.

America has something called representative democracy,

Which means that we elect representatives to make policy.


And putting matters of equality up for public approval

Is usually a way to ensure their continued removal.

(Based on Lingle’s opposition to gay rights, the “referendum” dodge seems phony.

If we did that in the 1960s, we still wouldn’t have interracial matrimony.)


You, Gov. Lingle

(Twice married but now again single)

Have been divorced twice,

And yet you offer marriage protection advice?


Normally I’d consider your divorces personal and not raise them,

But preaching on traditional marriage tenets is less hypocritical from someone who obeys them.

Though some consider gay marriage a threat,

Unlike divorce, it hasn’t broken up any unions yet.


Aloha means both hello and goodbye.

With their equal rights denied, will gays want to live in or visit Hawaii?

Lingle said “aloha” to a vital attempt equal rights to confer,

Just like we soon will say “aloha” (and good riddance) to her.

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Here’s your theme music, Hello Goodbye, by the Beatles.

 

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