An Instapundit reader wrote Glenn Reynolds to report that Hawai’i “one-party state; the state house of reps is 45-6 Democrat-Republican and the state senate is 23-2. Yes, your family has more members eating together at a breakfast than the Hawaii senate minority.” So, naturally, given the hosannas the gay auxiliary to the Democratic National Committee Human Rights Campaign (HRC) sing to their the Democratic Party, you’d think the Aloha State legislature would be at the forefront of the fight for gay people.
Well, that reader was commenting on Glenn’s post about Hawai’i killing civil unions: “Hawaii lawmakers declined to vote Friday on a bill that would have allowed same-sex civil unions, effectively doing away with the measure.”
And who could have prevented just such a vote? Hmmm. . . . let me see. Now, who sets the legislative calendar? Is it the minority party? Nope, it’s the majority, so I’m guessing that with 45 Democrats in the Hawai’i House, the Speaker is not a Republican. And the article confirms it. Calvin K.Y. Say, a Democrat, holds the job. My hunch was correct. Indeed, he pretty much takes responsibility for the failure to vote on the measure:
“You can call me a coward, but we are all not cowards. We’ll make our tough decisions as we go ahead,” Democratic Speaker of the House Calvin Say said he told civil union backers. “But members were concerned, and that was my role as the speaker to make that determination and decision to do what we did today.”
Well, if the members are concerned, perhaps they think their constituents oppose extending civil unions benefits to same-sex couples. Seems like there’s work to be done in making the case.
HRC did do a press release on the matter, but unlike the AP, did not identify Mr. Say’s partisan affiliation. In fact the word Democrat is not to be found in their release. Nor do they mention that the Governor who “has never made a veto threat on the topic of Civil Unions” is a Republican. Nor do they name her.
Don’t want to ruin that narrative, Joe, now do we?