Honolulu Republicans Speak Out Against Special Session, Political Power Play

Gov. Neil Abercrombie called lawmakers into special session October 28 to legalize gay marriage
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TIME TO VOTE: Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the Hawaii Democratic Party and numerous special interest groups want a special session to legalize gay marriage but the Honolulu GOP is opposed

HONOLULU – Honolulu Republicans are voicing their opposition to Governor Neil Abercrombie’s call for a special legislative session.

One day before state legislators are said to be meeting to discuss a possible special session, leaders from the Honolulu County Republican Party are joining the growing opposition against holding a special session this fall to redefine marriage to include a single-sex option.


“We’re speaking out for many Hawaii residents, not just Republicans, in voicing our opposition to a special session,” said Fritz Rohlfing, Honolulu County Republican Party Chairman.  “This is a carefully-orchestrated political power play by some elected officials to pass legislation outside of the more deliberative and transparent process of the regular legislative session.”

Rohlfing goes on to argue, “A special session will cost tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, and it will not provide a genuine opportunity for full community input by those who feel passionately about this issue. It seems some elected officials, including our Governor, would rather do what is politically convenient than deal with a controversial issue during the upcoming election year.  Clearly, we need to change the way business is done at our State Capitol.

Submitted by the Honolulu County Republican Party





  1. Evidently Fritz Rohlfing isn't aware that this is not a "controversial issue" this is a Constitutional issue and one that has already been decided by SCOTUS. This is the State of Hawaii conforming to that decision. The majority of citizens in this State will NOT stand for any further discrimination. That is why we citizens of Hawaii are smart enough to keep you Republican drama queen liars out of office!

    • If you are referring to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor, you are incorrect. The Windsor majority did not hold that a state may not define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In fact, the Court noted: "The significance of state responsiblities for the definition and regulation of marriage dates to the Nation's beginning; for 'when the consitution was adopted the common understanding was that the domestic relations of husband and wife and parent and child were matters reserved to the States.'" Thus, Hawaii may, if it chooses, continue to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    • The majority of citizens will not stand for "Queer men loving boys" organization who's just waitin to push the marriage equality issue further until they can marry boys.
      BTW Guest, can you show proof that any LGBT organization condemms child molesters of the same sez?
      I WILL NOT AGREE to "marriage equality" until LGBT organizations show proof of helping the courts to catch, convict, & treat child molesters of the same sex.
      LGBT organizations just want freedom w/o the responsibility.

  2. marriage was essentially a private matter until the 18th century.have to wonder if same sex cases brought before the supreme court had any legal standing.and I am reading where some ,if not most of the supreme court justices have recently expressed concerns as to whether these same sex marriage issues should be left to the states to decide.if the state of Hawaii decides to go with same sex marriage as law,it will actually be a state granted privilege and not a right.do the voters in Hawaii want the political process,the politician and the state,to allow certain groups of people to impose their way of life on the rest of us? wether the group is pro or anti gay marriage?do we really need the state to define how certain private relationships and contracts must be by law?

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