BY MUFI HANNEMANN – Now that Gov. Linda Lingle has decided the fate of House Bill 444, I firmly support steps to let the people of Hawaii have the final say on an issue that has generated passionate perspectives.

I continue to believe that marriage between a man and a woman is sacrosanct.  That said, as someone who has fought to overcome prejudice, I would also continue to champion the civil rights of all citizens and seek to end discrimination—in employment, housing, health care, and areas where it still exists—irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious preference.

If given the opportunity, I know the people of Hawaii will have the wisdom and compassion to make a decision that reflects our values and goals for a fair and open society.

Mufi Hannemann is the Oahu mayor and candidate for governor

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