Saturday, January 30, 2010

Gay rights and an abortion ban

Hawaii lawmakers declined to vote Friday on a bill that would have allowed same-sex civil unions, effectively killing the measure.

The state House of Representatives decided to indefinitely postpone a decision on whether to grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits the state provides to married couples.

The state Senate had approved a civil unions bill last week. But House leadership wavered on pushing the controversial issue. Last year, 33 of 51 House members voted in favor of civil unions.

Get that? When it had no chance of passing the Hawaii senate, gay civil unions passed the Hawaii house, 33 to 18. Then, after the Hawaii senate passed it . . . the Hawaii house "postponed" action, effectively killing the measure.

Liberals treat gay rights the way conservatives treat an abortion ban.

They make lots of promises during election season, they use it as a wedge issue, and it's featured in their fundraising letters.

When there's no chance of it passing, they're all for it.

But, when it comes down to it, they don't deliver.

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