WEEK IN REVIEW FEBRUARY 13 - 19, 2016
From Hawaii Family Forum and Hawaii Family Advocates
Minor Therapy Bill Passes Joint Senate Committee
SB 2615, which prohibits persons licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on students and persons under eighteen years of age passed the Senate joint committee on CPH/EDU on Friday, February 12th. The bill, which prohibits "sexual orientation change efforts" (efforts that are undefined and completely ties the hands of therapists from engaging in ANY therapy except for ones that include "acceptance, support, and understanding of a person or facilitates a person's coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices").
The bill will now move the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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HOW DID THEY VOTE?
4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Baker, Kidani, Espero, Ihara;
1 No(es): Senator(s) Slom; and
2 Excused: Senator(s) Nishihara, Ruderman.
3 Aye(s): Senator(s) Kidani, Chun Oakland, Dela Cruz;
1 Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Riviere ;
1 No(es): Senator(s) Slom; and
1 Excused: Senator(s) Harimoto.
HFF/HFA Joint Marriage Gala a Huge Success
On Thursday night (February 18, 2016) we celebrated "a lifetime commitment to marriage" with 12 couples from our supporting churches. We want to thank the Pastors who nominated them and we pray for continued health and happiness for our couples. Visit this link to read more about this exciting event.
Justice Antonin Scalia's Other Legacy--From Focus on the Family
It's impossible to overstate the effect Justice Scalia had on the Supreme Court during his nearly 30-year tenure. He was and is, in a word, irreplaceable. But for all of Justice Scalia's important professional contributions, I want to take a different route and share a few thoughts about his other legacy ... that of his faith and family.
Keep reading to learn a bit about the private life of Justice Scalia. And in the wake of his sudden death, I want to ask you: If these were your last days on earth, what would you hope people might say about you? Please share your thoughts about Justice Scalia's legacy—and how you'd like to be remembered—in the comments section.
Protecting Children in Restrooms
Under the ordinance the Anchorage (Alaska) Assembly passed recently regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, here’s what an employer or operator of a place of public accommodation is lawfully allowed to do - “Maintain and enforce gender-segregated restrooms, locker rooms or dressing rooms, provided that persons are allowed to use such facilities consistent with their gender identity and nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to require the provision of special facilities to accommodate any person(s) based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Many communities and States are taking proactive measures to protect women and girls. The South Dakota legislature just passed a common sense bill and they are now awaiting the Governor's signature.
New California Law Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Abortions
From the Daily Signal
Did you hear about the new bill that California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law?
Under penalty of whopping fines, the new law orders the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and every other abortion facility in the Golden State to post a prominent notice in their waiting rooms, or give the mothers written or digital notice, that they can go to pro-life pregnancy help centers instead and get what they need to give their babies life. (Read more here)
- Saturday, February 20, 2016 | BEING FRIENDS IN GRACE AND TRUTH
Equipping the Body of Christ with a Grace-filled, biblical approach to LGBT Issues
Featuring: Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family
6:30-9 PM (Check in at 6 PM) | Mililani Missionary Church | 95-801 Kipapa Drive
$20 Individuals ($30 walk ins) | $30/Couple ($45 walk ins) | Youth and College Students: FREE!
Register online here.
- Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | Franklin Graham at the Hawaii State Capitol, 1:00 p.m. (details)
- Saturday, February 27, 2016 | Life Symposium featuring Fr. Shanon Boquet & Dr. Brian Clowes (open to the public but you must register online using the link above)