Pro-family groups out in force for huge "gay marriage" battle in Hawaii Legislature
by Mass Resistance
Pro-family groups out in force for huge "gay marriage" battle in Hawaii Legislature starting Monday. Special session called by Governor. Huge energy across the state to stop it.
The battle to stop the Hawaii Legislature from imposing "gay marriage" on that state comes to a head next week. The last two months have seen a huge, spontaneous pro-family uprising by churches, civic groups, and individual citizens across the state -- coming out against this outrage in a way that we've never seen anywhere else in America.
Above: Hawaii citizens for traditional marriage outside the State House.
Special session of Legislature convenes Monday - just for this!
This Monday, October 28, the Hawaii Legislature goes into a special 5-day (or longer) session specifically to take up the so-called Hawaii Marriage Equality bill which would impose same-sex "marriage" on that state. As we reported last month, the pro-gay marriage governor, Neil Abercrombie, called the session after a "gay marriage" bill failed to get any traction during the regular session which ended in May. And this time, homosexual groups have been focusing like a laser beam to turn the Legislature around on this and force it through.
Pro-family forces coming forward on their own in big numbers!
But in the last two months large numbers of people across the state in their churches, civic groups and as individuals have spontaneously mobilized and become active against this in a way that is quite unprecedented. In fact, the pro-family activism is completely dwarfing the public activity by the homosexual movement on this issue. For example:
Pro-homosexual rally: On August 28, the well-publicized and well-covered MoveOn.org State House rally supporting "gay marriage" drew only a small crowd, despite being promoted nationally:
Pro-family rally: On October 6, the United Fellowship of Churches a pro-traditional marriage rally at the State House that attracted about an enormous overflowing crowd:
What's particularly unusual is that in this battle, Hawaii does not have any central statewide pro-family group coordinating the efforts to stop the bill. Such efforts usually include statewide fundraising, strategizing, mobilizing people, etc. At best, there is a loose confederation of churches and groups that has met occasionally and mostly serves as an exchange of ideas. That is usually a recipe for complete disaster in a "gay marriage" battle against the homosexual juggernaut.
But this time the sheer energy of the pro-family people seems to be making up for it. There's no question that the pro-family forces have been having a big impact across the state.
MassResistance materials being used across Hawaii
MassResistance has been working with Hawaii activists on this bill since early September. By all acounts, our material has gone across the state.
|The Mass Resistance video on "What Gay Marriage did to Mass- achusetts" has been sent to activists and many others. This local news outlet featured it on Oct. 11.|
|A local Hawaii group has been publishing the MassResistance booklet on same-sex "marriage" and has distributed 1200 copies.||
|The Hawaii Republican Assembly created this flyer from Mass- Resistance materials, referencing our website.
Nearly 20,000 copies have been distributed.
|MassResistance materials are also distributed at pro-family coalition meetings.||
Divergence of pro-family strategies
As pointed out above, there are many groups fighting the bill and no overall coordinating group running things. As a result there is a divergence of strategies being used. The strategies being pursued fall into 3 categories:
(1) Opposing the bill directly, i.e., same-sex "marriage" is immoral, destructive for society, families, and children, and the bill must be voted down.
(2) Demanding a vote of the people instead of a legislative vote. This would seem to be at some variance with the 1998 Constitutional Amendment, which gives the Legislature the power to define marriage.
(3) Focusing primarily on strengthening the religious exemptions, even to the point of including all people of faith, not just churches.
Whether this divergence of strategies versus a single stragegy is good or bad, time will tell. But there's no shortage of energy being expended on all three of them.
Some of the highlights of this pro-family battle over the last several weeks include:
Hawaii Republican Assembly
The Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA), led by super-activist Tito Montes, is the most aggressive and fearless group educating people about the homosexual marriage agenda and how it will affect them and their children in schools. HIRA has used radio, literature, the Internet, and organizing tactics to get the word across Hawaii. They have also been the primary funder for printing and distributing MassResistance materials across the state. HIRA, like other Republican Assembly groups across the US, is not officially connected to the GOP. And of course, they have angered squishy "conservative" legislators with their direct and uncompromising approach.
|HIRA produced a powerful radio ad that was heard on radio stations across the state.
Listen to the ad HERE
|In addition to using MassResistance materials, HIRA produced and distributed other material letting people know the effects of "gay marriage" around the country.||
|Tito Montes, the head of HIRA, was challenged regarding his anti-"gay marriage" statements by the Governor's office and the liberal media in a TV interview, and stood up wonderfully.
Watch the clip HERE.
|And on HIRA's website was a Hawaii-specific downloadable version of the Mass Resistance booklet.|
Other pro-family groups
Although pro-family groups haven't taken the lead roles as they have in other states, they've nevertheless been doing important work. For example, the Hawaii Family Advocates has posted good information on the bill. On October 11 they organized a State House press conference, "Let the People Decide" -- calling for a statewide vote on "gay marriage" instead of legislative fiat where the people feel their voices are not heard.
|Jim Hotchberg, president of Hawaii Family Advocates, addresses a State House press conference on Oct. 11 pushing "Let the people decide."||
Major protestant churches
Major protestant churches in Hawaii have stepped up in a huge way. They've done so much we can't list it all. They've organized rallies and prayer groups, maintained lists of legislators to call (with their current positions), and educated people on the issue. Many of them also link to MassResistance information.
Here are a few examples of what the big churches have been doing:
|The First Assembly of God church mailed out this flyer in a local rep's district. Predictably the rep complained that it contained "half-truths and misinformation about the proposed same-sex marriage bill."
Politicians are getting increasingly thin-skinned on this issue when challenged by citizens.
|This is the back side of the flyer above.||
Big churches have held a number of public rallies and prayer sessions supporting traditional marriage.
|Pastor Mike Lwin of the New Hope Leeward church was one of the many church leaders who've made a video on this issue.|
The Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
The Diocese of Honolulu has also stepped up with unequivocal support for traditional marriage. Back on August 22, Bishop Larry Silva released this letter to Catholics in Hawaii that made it very clear where Catholics should stand. He said:
If same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land, its implications will go far beyond the relationship of this or that couple. There will be long term and definitive changes in our entire culture. If same - sex marriage becomes the law, it will become “normal” or the norm for our land. If one may marry without discriminating whether the partner is of the same sex or the opposite sex, then such “non - discrimination” will become the norm in other areas, too. Our school textbooks will have to portray sexual attraction as normal, no matter to whom one is attracted. When schools have dances, boys will have the choice of inviting a girl on a date or another boy on a date. Our youth, whose sexual identity is formed over time, will be forced to decide prematurely if they are heterosexual or homos exual, thus curtailing normal sexual maturation, with all its stumblings and challenges.
On October 13, Bishop Silva published a second letter on this issue. Along with that, he included contacts to state representatives and scriptural references to homosexuality.
In addition, Catholics in Hawaii have told us that postcards for state reps on this issue are being distributed on the sidewalks outside of every Catholic Church in the state on Sundays.
Smaller churches across Hawaii have been doing whatever they can to get the word out and get people energized on this issue. It's really refreshing to see.
|Many churches across Hawaii organized standouts like this.||
Mormons largely on the sidelines. The Mormon churches have not been involved at all, which is a big change from the past when the Mormons were at the forefront of these issues. Instead, they've instructed their members that they can act on their own, either for or against the bill, but they should support strong religious exemptions. In the 1990s, the Mormon churches in Hawaii were a primary force that propelled the pro-family side to victory in homosexual civil union statewide battles.
Other pro-family help from outside of Hawaii
Phil Lees, a well-known educator from Canada, came to Hawaii and spent much of October speaking at churches and other venues across Hawaii, warning people about how same-sex "marriage" has affected the educational system in Canada. What he's said is pretty chilling, even to us!
|Here's a video of Phil Lees speaking in Hawaii this month.|
Late last week it the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that it would be funding television ads throughout Hawaii. According to news reports, the ads will be focused on persuading the Legislature to let the people vote, rather than have the Legislature decide on same-sex "marriage".
Renowned University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus is also coming to Hawaii next week to help with the effort, according to activists we've spoken with. His recent study on the detremental effects of same-sex "parenting" on children has received worldwide attention.
The opposition: big money, mainstream media, and Hollywood
According to news reports, the homosexual lobby has spent over $125,000 to persuade and pressure Hawaii's state legislators. According to news reports, all of it has come from national homosexual groups and wealthy homosexual individuals outside the state. Hollywood celebrities have also been lining up to promote a "yes" vote.
And the mainstream media, both TV and newspapers, have published a steady stream of biased articles and feature stories portraying this as inevitable, and a positive thing for society. For examplle, this posting of a female athlete "marrying" her partner is what the public is now seeing a lot.
Huge pro-family State House rally on Monday to greet lawmakers!
Ever since the Governor announced the special session, one thing the pro-family movement has agreed on completely is plans for a huge pro-family rally at the State House on the afternoon of the session's first day.
Also on Monday, the first of two public hearings is likely. There will be one each for the House and Senate. These are sure to attract an enormous pro-family turnout!
Although it's a special session for only one bill, citizens are being told it will be treated like other bills. According to the Governor's website, during a special session all constitutional and legal requirements that govern the Legislature must still be met. The House and Senate internal rules are also the same, both of which require a public hearing before any bill is passed. Thus there will be two public hearings, two committee votes, and two floor votes in order for the bill to get through.
So beside the public hearings, look for a flood of people to the State House for rallies, lobbying, committee votes, etc. If it's anything like the special "gay marriage" Constitutional Convention was in Massachusetts in 2007, it will be a zoo. We won't be surprised if the legislators decide to start bending the rules after a day or two to short-cut the system.
BELOW: Organizations across Hawaii are promoting the big October 28 State House rally:
What will happen next week? Will we win?
This bill started out at the beginning of this year it wasn't taken very seriously. But now it's in big danger of passing.
Back in February during the regular session, the bill had such weak support that the Governor gave up, and decided to try again in a special session several months later. That was a shrewd tactic. Since then, while our side has been doing its activism, the homosexual movement has spent over $125,000 to apply the kind of hard, high-pressure lobbying that it has honed across the country since the Massachusetts days ten years ago.
And that seems to have worked quite well. Right now, the bill will likely pass easily in the Senate and by a small margin in the House, where the real battle is taking place. Insider information we have is that right now, leading into this tumultuous week, we're still about 3-4 votes behind, but apparently gaining ground.
As politics go, we can still win through the sheer force of numbers of angry people. But our side still has no money and no well-organized, systematic, central lobbying effort. That must be overcome by sheer energy.
National Organization of Marriage (NOM), which has just gotten involved, is the only national pro-marriage group that has money to spend on these fights. Unlike the Left, the rest of the conservative establishment is cowardly and/or has retreated from this battle.
It's nice that NOM is now stepping in, during the last week, to buy television ads. But if they had come in two months ago and instead funded a hardcore lobbying effort with that same money, that would have been much wiser. Unfortunately, NOM is much more comfortable fighting media wars instead of the inside-baseball lobbying wars.
Right now, our strength is in numbers of dedicated people. Look for a huge turnout in both public hearings. We wouldn't be surprised if hundreds of pro-family people show up at each one, determined to stay all night if necessary, in addition to flooding the halls and offices of the State House.
Thus, although a rally and public hearing turnout usually isn't enough, we think that if our side can generate enormous pressure on the House members supporting this, letting them know that they will all face primary challengers backed by determined groups of people, this can be stopped. We've seen it happen before (e.g., in Maryland in 2011).
We'll keep you informed!
|Unlike in many other states, Hawaiian Christians are generally not afraid of the political correctness of the Left.|