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Same-sex marriages (SSM) in Hawaii

2013-OCT: Anti-SSM radio & TV ads
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2013-OCT-07: HIRA Action broadcasts radio ad titled: "NO to Redefining Marriage:"

HIRA Action, billed as "Hawaii Republican Assembly's SuperPAC" is airing the following fear-based attack ad targeting marriage equality.


Some of the points raised in the commercial:

  • Claim 1 : The present drive towards marriage equality has nothing to do with marriage. It is about the government forcibly legitimizing and normalizing all forms of deviant behavior.

    Reality: Same-gender sexual behavior in private which HIRA apparently regards as deviant, was decriminalized in 2with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Lawrence v. Texas. The main driving force behind marriage equality is the desire by loving committed same-sex couples to be married and thereby obtain all of the protections, benefits and protections of both state and federal governments for themselves and their children.

  • Claim 2: If same-sex marriage is legalized, then schools will teach first year students all about the homosexual lifestyle.

  • Reality: There is no "homosexual lifestyle" as there is no "heterosexual lifestyle." Persons with all three sexual orientations" homosexuality, bisexuality, and heterosexually sometimes lead single lives, sometimes enter into common-law living arrangements, and sometimes marry. Also, public schools attempt to teach age-appropriate material in each grade.

  • Claim 3: Marriage equality will lead to schools having gender-neutral bathrooms.

  • Reality: A small minority of children and adults are transgender. They have a disconnect between their biological gender and their gender identity. This is often described as having a female brain in a male body or vice versa. No therapy has ever cured this conflict. Transgender girls who are typically biological males generally dress, identify themselves, and behave like girls. Some schools are allowing them to use the girls washroom. This is all related to transgender individuals and has no connection with marriage or homosexual orientation.

  • Claim 4: Marriage equality will lead to churches being forced to marry same-sex couples and violate their religious beliefs.

  • Reality: Churches have been refusing to marry couples for a multitude of reasons: they are of the same gender, are of the wrong faith, are an interfaith couple, are an interracial couple, are an African American couple, are not sincere, are too young, or for many other reasons. The Roman Catholic Church has refused to marry couples who cannot have children because of physical disability/handicap. None have ever been prosecuted for refusing to marry a couple. Churches are totally protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees the separation of church and state. There is zero possibility that a church today or in the future would be forced to marry same-sex couples.

  • Claim 5: Marriage equality will cause local businesses to be forced to violate their faith.

  • Reality: Like many other states, Hawaii has a "public accommodation" law that requires businesses that provide services and products to the general public to treat all potential customers without discrimination. They cannot refuse to serve a person because of the latter's skin color, race, religion, gender, etc. "Sexual orientation" was added in 2006. So, for example, they cannot post a sign saying "No African Americans served." The law is:

    "§489-3  Discriminatory practices prohibition: Unfair discriminatory practices that deny, or attempt to deny, a person the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation on the basis of race, sex, including gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, religion, ancestry, or disability are prohibited."2 [Emphasis by us]

  • Claim 6: Governor Abercrombie has not informed people about the above dangers and has hinted that bisexual marriage is right around the corner. (The ad's audio is difficult to understand on this point.)

  • Reality: The probable reason why Governor Abercrombie has been silent on the above "dangers" is that they are not real. A person with a bisexual orientation is sexually attracted to both men and women, although not necessarily to the same degree. Woody Allen once said that being bisexual is great because it doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. But, it is not clear what HIRA means by the term "bisexual marriage:"
    • It could mean a marriage by one or two bisexuals. Most bisexuals marry persons of the opposite sex, because it avoids physical, employment and other attacks. If marriage equality is attained in Hawaii then bisexuals will be able to freely choose to enter into a same-sex or opposite-sex marriage. So it is a non-issue.
    • It could mean a marriage by persons of different sexes. But that is obviously a meaning not intended by HIRA because such marriages have been legal forever.
    • It could be simply a scare tactic to frighten people into believing that if same-sex marriage (a.k.a. homosexual or gay marriage) is legalized then agitation will begin for some new redefinition of marriage to include "bisexual marriage." That would be particularly scary to most people who have never heard of the term before.

The webmaster of this web site has emailed HIRA for clarification.

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2013-OCT: National Organization for Marriage 30 second ad for TV:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) -- the main national group fighting against marriage equality -- joined with two other local groups: Hawaii Family Advocates and Let the People Decide Coalition to prepare the following TV ad directed at influencing the legislators and public vote towards marriage inequality:


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References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. "HIRA: NO to 'Redefining' Marriage Radio Ad," You Tube, at:
  2. "§489-3  Discriminatory practices prohibition," Civil Rights Commission, at:
  3. "Hawaii our local culture," video is on You Tube at:

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Copyright ©2013 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2012-OCT-16
Latest update: 2013-OCT-30
Author: B.A. Robinson

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