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Lawmaker: ‘Have The People Of Hawaii Not Done Enough? We Gave You Your Civil Unions’ (Video)

by David Badash on November 11, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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Even though the majority of testimony sent to Hawaii lawmakers debating same-sex marriage was in support of the legislation, the majority of the thousands of people who came to the Hawaii State House to testify was not. Religious groups, possibly with the aid of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, bussed people into Honolulu. Many of those who spoke read testimony they clearly had not written. And it was very, very ugly.

That’s what you probably would expect from some average citizens, many of whom might not be very well-educated, many of whom might not ever have gotten to know someone who is LGBT.

But raw, ugly, hate speech and anti-gay rhetoric is not the type of language one would expect — hopefully — from an elected representative of the people.

Meet Democratic (yes, Democratic) Representative Rep. Karen Awana, who says she has “friends who are of the GLBT persuasion,” and who spent 12 minutes spewing anti-gay language and mistruths to defend her vote against Hawaii’s same-sex marriage bill.

Rep. Awana stood on the floor of the Hawaii State House late Friday night, just as members were making their final remarks — just before the same-sex marriage bill passed — and spewed utter filth.

Claiming that “civil unions and reciprocal benefits was [sic] the ‘great compromise’ just a few years ago in 2011,” Awana told her colleagues, “we were told that if we provide these options to the GLBT community, they would be satisfied. Have the people of Hawai’i not done enough? We gave you your civil unions. We gave you your reciprocal benefits.”

(Actually, Rep. Awana voted against that bill.)

“We don’t have signs that say, ‘straight people only.’ We don’t have signs that say, ‘GLBT people to the back of the bus.’ And we don’t have separate water fountains for GLBT individuals. Have we not already shared our Aloha spirit with you?”

Apparently, to Rep. Awana, not being specifically treated like an African-American in the 1950′s is “enough” equality.

Perhaps Rep. Awana would like her fellow Hawaiian citizens to vote on her right to marry? Perhaps they can also vote on her right to vote? (Perhaps they can look into all the fines she’s had to pay for election practice violations and false reporting?)

Awana went on to explain same-sex marriage — which has yet to be enacted in Hawaii — is already responsible for a “culturally responsive teen pregnancy and STI prevention program.” Awana said that the Hawaii Department of Education is “already implementing the programs to indoctrinate our children into believing that homosexual relations are normal and healthy, and heterosexual relationships are abnormal and unhealthy.”

(Of course, that’s not accurate, and a fellow Representative already had debunked that lie.)

Awana claimed that the Hawaii Department of Education is teaching that homosexual sex may be “better” than heterosexual sex “because you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant!”

But that wasn’t enough for Rep. Awana, who started the reading of a doctoral student’s paper in the middle of her testimony.

She then went on to complain that if same-sex couples are allowed the right to marry, the state “will bestow on couples certain benefits, which are costly to the state and other individuals.”

Nevermind that LGBT people have been subsidizing the relationships of heterosexual couples for centuries — apparently they haven’t paid enough yet.

Awana kept up her anti-LGBT attack.

Children need a mother and a father she complained — pointing to no valid study.

But Representative Awana wants you to know that she is “appalled” by the governor’s special session, and by the “dreadful language” — not in her speech, mind you but — in the bill.

Fortunately, Rep. Awana says to the “GLBT community” that she will “work tirelessly” and “commit the resources” of her office “to find a solution.”

Awana said she is worried that if the same-sex marriage bill were to pass, she would “feel like a stranger” in her “own homeland.”

No doubt, many would be happy to find her an alternative one.


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david0296 November 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

That was definitely one of the most vile and lie-ridden speeches I've heard in a long time. I think I verbally called her a liar at least a dozen times while listening to it.

She promoted the outrageous idea that the state is going to indoctrinate school children into the "homosexual lifestyle". Because… um… straight people are icky, and gays are awesome? Seriously?

As for feeling like a stranger in her own state, it really is amazing that if you have to treat gay Americans exactly the same as everyone else, your entire way of life will be destroyed. I almost feel sorry for her. If it weren't for the fact that she's a vile bigoted scumbag, I probably would.

srswtf November 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

"it really is amazing that if you have to treat gay Americans exactly the same as everyone else, your entire way of life will be destroyed"
This is stated perfectly! +1 as many times as I can.

weshlovrcm November 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

On Friday, I was watching the session and I actually turned down the volume during rabid anti-gay activist Awana's disgusting speech. It was making me physically sick. My only retort to her filth would be that the majority of Hawaiians support same-sex marriage; thus, they want to give us equality and not take it away as she does.

Zack12 November 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I thought between Gene Ward comparing gay marriage to 9/11,Bob McDermott's bug chasers comments,Sharon Har's bigoted lies,Jo Jordan's backstabbing and Oshiro's poison pill amendments,and the public testimony that nothing could top that level of ignorance and bigotry.
Sadly,I turned out to be wrong.
In 10 minutes Karen Awana managed to give the most bigoted and disguisting speech to come out of the debate in Hawaii and quite possibly this year out of all the states we've seen.
Truly vile on every level and shows that at their core,they truly hate us with every fiber of their being.
There needs to be some purging next year,bigots like Awana have no place in the Democratic party.

SeanLiberty13 November 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Spoken like a truly arrogant slave master wannabe with grotesque inhuman fascist superiority and control complexes unbecoming of a civilized human being.

Zack12 November 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Bob McDermott is going to go to court the minute Governor Abercrombie signs the bill to try and get a restraining order with the garbage argument the 98 vote was meant to ban gay marriages in Hawaii forever.
Our side should simply counter that his side is asking only because of bigotry,and then proceed to play this clip over and over again to show the animus that was the cause of that ban.
If nothing else,it will do wonders at the 9th circuit if it comes to that.
And when history looks back at this shameful period in our time,this clip should be included in the top ten of hateful videos directed towards the LGBT community right alongside ones from Bryan Fischer and Tony Perkins,it truly is that bad.
In 11 minutes,this woman laid bare exactly how the anti-side sees us,with complete and utter contempt.
When all is said and done,there needs to be some purging done,it truly was disguisting to see how many Democrats acted during this debate.

DMihalko1016 November 12, 2013 at 2:13 am

It amazes me when I here words like this. I just can't wrap my head around how people Like Rep. Awana think; how their minds work. HOW does who someone chooses to spend their life with affect her or anyone else in a negative way? With as much violence and ugliness that happens all over the world everyday, why would anyone possibly be against two people who love each other? It also amazes me how much the word "sex" is brought up. Yes, "sex" is a part of almost every committed relationship but it is such a TINY part! Marriage is not about sex; it is about family, about shared lives, it is about personal commitment and it is first and foremost about love. Why on this earth would anyone want to deny anyone else the right to have a family of their own choosing and all of the love that goes with it? I simply can not understand where Rep. Awana is coming from but her sentiment seems so wrong on such a fundamental level.

tgflux November 12, 2013 at 4:41 am

Wow. I was going to say, "Mrs Parks, isn't the back of the bus enough?", but Awana brought it up first.

None so blind as those who have (unlike being gay) CHOSEN not to see…

LiamSW November 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Awana hoʻopunipuni!

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