Marriage Equality Ensures Equal Rights for All Americans

Rep. Chris Lee
Rep. Chris Lee
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Rep. Chris Lee
Rep. Chris Lee

BY REP. CHRIS LEE, D-WAIMANALO – Marriage equality is about fulfilling our nation’s promise of freedom and equal rights for all Americans, and living up to Hawaii’s values of welcoming all in the spirit of kindness and aloha.

Following the US Supreme Court ruling it is important that we address this issue now.


No American should have to wait for their equal rights and we have a constitutional obligation to end harmful discrimination now.





  1. Chris Lee, you cite the principle of "equal rights for all Americans, and living up to Hawaii's values of welcoming all in the spirit of kindness and aloha", to urge marriage equality for same-gender couples. I agree with your principle, and I support marriage equality; see my essay "Civil Unions and Marriage" at

    Now I call upon you to abide by the principles you have stated, and support not only marriage equality but also racial equality. I call upon you to stop supporting racial separatism and racial entitlements for ethnic Hawaiians. See my new essay "I have a dream" — for Hawaii, 50 years later (Recalling Martin Luther King's speech, and how his dream applies to Hawaii in 2013)

  2. There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

  3. On October 24 I submitted testimony in favor of marriage equality regarding SB1 in the legislature's upcoming special session. I submitted that testimony for publication in Hawaii Reporter on both October 24 and 25, but Hawaii Reporter did not publish it, perhaps because it might be contrary to the views of the editor. However, it was published in the online newspaper Hawaii Political Info, where it can be seen at

  4. We've come a long way and I'm really happy to be here and know that the world is finally accepting homosexuals, even though they've been among us for thousand of years

  5. I don't think marriage equality will ever be possible. Yes, homosexual people will be able to get married in more and more states and countries, but that doesn't change the fact that the population will still look at them differently. It will take many many generations to change that

    • "…the population will still look at them differently…" YES, we will always think of these few as whiners. If the main media networks really cared about the population, this movement would be ignored.
      Recent example of the majority rule? Thousands of people opposed Ching’s nomination…"
      The state board listened to the people this time compared to the ignorant board during last years SB-1 testimonies.
      Read more at;

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