On January 22nd, when opponents of civil unions wore white to the Hawai’i State Capitol to symbolize their opposition to our civil rights, a brave senator also wore white.
Suzanne King of Equality Hawai’i (l) and Senator Michele Kidani (D)
Senator Kidani took the brave step of introducing an important amendment to HB444 that ultimately failed 10-15. But she was back leading the charge when the unamended bill was brought up in Third Reading.
Many senators had poignant arguments to make for HB444 but the one that resonated most with me was Kidani’s:
“To deny our gay brothers and sisters their rights is unjust. I vote for love. Give love a chance.”
Senator Kidani gets it. What we are looking for is relationship recognition, but at the core of that recognition is the love that we have for our chosen partner. Fundamentalist Christians and particularly Catholics want to talk about sex (in their code words “complementarity”) but we need to speak out more loudly about love.
In her great looking white suit, Kidani spoke for love. No one else in white on either the Senate floor or the Senate gallery spoke of love. But the Senate did vote for love 18-7–a super majority.
Love is where it’s at.
The spirit of aloha wins again.