August 21, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Hawaii lawmakers urged to support marriage
Colleen Hanabusa, Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Hawaii, Democratic Party, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, gay news, Washington Blade

Members of the Hawaii congressional delegation, (from top left clockwise) Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Brian Schatz and Sen. Mazie Hirono (all are Democrats). (Photos public domain)

HONOLULU—Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation on Aug. 16 urged state lawmakers to support a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Congresswomen Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard and U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz each spoke in support of the issue in a press release the group Hawaii United for Marriage released.

“Government officials, judges and bureaucrats should not have the power to declare one relationship ‘morally’ superior to another,” Gabbard said.

Lawmakers did not vote on same-sex marriage bills before they adjourned in June. They could potentially debate the issue during a special legislative session later this year if Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who backs nuptials for gays and lesbians, calls for one.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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