Hawaii Govenor Who Vetoed Gay Civil Unions Adds Insult To Injury By Likening Gay Marriage To Incest

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, who vetoed a bill last Thursday that would granted Hawaii’s gays and lesbians the right to enter into civil unions.  (No marriage mind you civil unions) said the legislation had “touched the hearts and minds of our citizens as no other social issue of our day,” and she hoped “that the citizens on both sides of this issue have felt that I’ve treated them with respect and dignity throughout this process,”

Well that was on Thursday, on Friday all “dignity and respect” flew out the window when Lingle, interviewed on a radio program defending her decision linkend gay marriage to incest. Lingle rejected the idea that legal recognition of gay unions is a civil rights issue.

“For those people who want to make this into a civil rights issue, and of course those in favor of the bill, they see it as a civil rights issue,” she said. “And I understand them drawing that conclusion. But people on the other side would point out, well, we don’t allow other people to marry even – it’s not a civil right for them. First cousins couldn’t marry, or a brother and a sister and that sort of thing. It really can’t be a civil right if we are restricting it in other cases, and it’s been found to be legal in those other cases, that the restrictions.”

Lingle should also have mentioned the Religious Right is on the march in the Aloha State, and that may have influenced her and helped strengthen her homophobic and bigoted personal arttituded

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