Monday, May 20, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Slom: Rally for Traditional Marriage Planned for Special Session
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:30 PM :: 5682 Views :: Family, First Amendment

Governor Calls Legislature Back for Special Session

by State Senator Sam Slom, September 19, 2013

Hawaii State Capitol

Governor Neil Abercombie issued a proclamation on Monday, September 9 to call the Hawaii State Legislature back into session in order to pass a bill that would make same sex marriage legal in the State of Hawaii. The start day for the special session will be on Monday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m.

The special session could be as short as 5 days or could last longer than a week. The Governor has posted a proposed bill called “The Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013”. The 17 page draft document takes into account the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to allow same sex couples to get full federal marriage benefits as opposite sex couples.

There are exemptions incorporated into the bill draft regarding refusal to perform a marriage, and use of religious facilities among other items. Some of the points in the draft are constitutionally challenged in so far as Congress not making a law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

The bill draft is available as a PDF download at the following URL:

The special session webpage is also online:

My office continues to be inundated with emails, faxes, letters and phone calls coming in from both sides of the issue.

A large rally at the State Capitol in support of traditional marriage is in the planning stage for October 28.

I am on record opposing the convening of a special session for same sex marriage since the state faces more important issues such as fixing the economy, the high cost of living, excessive taxation and streamlining the government. There are 4 more months until the start of the 2014 session.

Since Hawaii approved its civil union law, the total amount of civil unions enacted since the law took effect on Jan. 1, 2012 is 730. Compare that to 23,723 traditional marriages performed in Hawaii the same year. For Jan. to May 2013 — 8,790 marriages; 186 civil unions. Statistics are from the State of Hawaii Dept. of Health website:


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii