Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie nominated Hawaii’s Chief Family Court Judge, Sabrina McKenna, for an open seat on the Hawaii Supreme Court. McKenna, well-known in the 1970s as a University of Hawaii basketball star has accomplished an equally stellar record in the courts of the judiciary. What’s powerful to me is that McKenna has busted open the doors of Hawaii’s huge closet filled with LGBT people from all walks of life and demonstrated that we can be at the top reaches of society and be open about who we are–whole people, adults.
Judge Sabrina McKenna and Gov. Neil Abercrombie
The religious right continues to try to demonize LGBT people, noting that we do not lead full lives as they do. When more LGBT people in Hawaii step out of the shadows the myth can begin to be dispelled.
It will take some pushing but with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, LGBT rights activists have a golden opportunity to expand our struggle for equality. Specifically, I’m concerned about how married LGBT couples will access all of the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples.
Will LGBT service members stationed in Massachusetts or any or the other 5 states or the District of Columbia be able to marry and have that marriage recognized by the military. I’m hoping.
As some folks here in Hawaii continue to push in the legislature for civil unions (newly elected Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he’ll sign the bill immediately) the prospect of revolutionizing all of the military bases here is in the offing.
In all of this struggle, I really have been so impressed by Lt. Dan Choi and I was delighted to see that he was invited to the White House signing of the repeal. Heard on the coconut wireless that he asked Obama to walk him down the aisle. Now there’s a Kodak moment in the offing.
Check out Sen. Harry Reid returning Choi’s West Point ring. Guess Reid won’t be the hubby.
Lt. Dan Choi gets his West Point ring back from Sen. Harry Reid
The love story of Edie and Thea is well worth warching in this ACLU film
A lot of folks are supporting us with their “It Gets Better” videos. I like listening to someone like Ellen who has really been through the mill.
President Obama joined the It Gets Better Campaign to stop bullying of LGBT Youth
George Takei, someone who understands discrimination, takes on the homophobic school board member in Arkansas forced to resign for encouraging gay bullying.
Okay, here’s a new strategy to use talking with people about marriage equality. Schedule a showing of “The Golden Girls” with some of your curmudgeonly “friends.” Laugh it up and then when the show is over roll out the Parade magazine quote from Betty White:
“I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”
Go, Betty! Why do those right-wing religious nuts care about our lives so much? Let’s offer them the opportunity to go feed starving Americans. Help the homeless. Lay off their lazy-ass activism of picking on LGBT Americans.