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04/19/2007


Hawaii Catholic Schools Implement New Contract: Gay Teachers Can Be Fired

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A new teaching contract approved by the Hawaii Catholic schools office states that any educator can be fired if they engage in “homosexual activity” or marry someone of the same sex. The Huffington Post reports:

“The school expressly reserves the right to terminate the employment of any Teacher, who by word or example, denies the teachings or authority of the Church, or whose personal life or conduct is, based on Catholic teaching, immoral,” says a portion of the contract that was obtained by Honolulu Civil Beat.

The contract, which is called the "Standard Teacher Employment Agreement," is for full- and part-time teachers who must sign it every year they work.

HCS-StampThe contract, which is slated to go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year, explicitly says “homosexual activity” and “same-sex unions” are not permitted. The contract also lists other acts that could justify firing, including abortion, in vitro fertilization, or “unmarried cohabitation.”

Michael Rockers, the superintendent of all Hawaii Roman Catholic schools, said that while the provision is new, the expectations outlined in it are not.

He said the ultimate goal is to provide positive role models for students and that if a teacher's homosexuality were made public it would negatively affect the children.

“We want to be authentic about what our moral teaching is,” he said. “We’re trying to be pastoral about this and centered on what’s best for the students.”

Rockers said the written provision was not a response to last year’s legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii. 


Court Challenge to Hawaii's Marriage Equality Law Fails

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A challenge to Hawaii's marriage equality law from leading bigot Rep. Bob McDermott has failed, Big Island Now reports:

LouieFirst Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled Wednesday that the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 is constitutional under both the state and federal constitutions.

Hawaii Attorney General David M. Louie (right) issued a statement saying the ruling “unequivocally affirmed the right of people to marry the person they love without regard to gender.”

“This is a very good day for the people of Hawaii,” Louie said.

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Sakamoto twice previously declined to issue injunctions requested by McDermott, the first to block the governor from signing the bill and the second stopping the state fromissuing same-gender marriage licenses.

Sakamoto’s ruling Wednesday was in response to a motion filed by Louie for a summary judgment.

McDermott says he plans to appeal.


46 Gay Couples Marry in Hawaii on First Day of Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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The Honolulu Star Advertiser and Hawaii News Now both report that 46 gay couples exchanged vows on the first day marriage equality was legal in the Aloha state.

HNN reports:

HawaiiA total of 37 couples got married at Sheraton Waikiki's Leahi Club Lounge, which hosted mass ceremonies for anyone wanting to sign up.

Department of Health officials say the success of the event, and others like it, lead to a much quieter morning at the state's marriage license office than expected.

"A lot of people who were anxious to get their license at midnight as soon as they could – wanting to be first – actually did that at the Sheraton and other venues, so this morning we didn't have a long line," explained Keith Yamamoto, Deputy Director of the state's Dept. of Health....

...In a statement from the Department of Health: "As of 3 p.m. Monday, the Hawai'i State Department of Health had received 179 online applications for marriage licenses for same-sex couples.  Of the 179 licenses, 46 of the couples were married today and had their marriages registered by the department.  Of the 179 marriage license applications, 49 of the couples identified one or both people as non-residents, and 130 of the couples were both residents of Hawaii."

Watch a report from Hawaii News Now, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Marriage Equality Begins in Hawaii as First Gay Couples Marry

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45 minutes after midnight, six gay couples began exchanging their vows at the first possible moment on the 30th florr of the Sheraton Waikiki, Chad Blair of Civil Beat reports:

The newlyweds are Donna Gedge and Monica Montgomery (together for 35 years and counting), Paul Perry and Gary Bradley (11 years), Saralyn and Isajah Morales (four years), Shaun Campbell and Tony Singh (five years), Richard J. Rosehill and Shawna P. Okami (32 years) and Keola Akana and Ethan Wung (six years). Each couple had their own officiant.

"We have lived our lives as first-class citizens who are law-abiding, taxpaying, and contributing members of the community," said Gedge and Montgomery in a prepared statement. "Yet we are legally recognized as second-class citizens as we do not have Federal rights. Getting married means that we will have the first-class legal status as well as the rights and benefits that only marriage will afford us."

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Anti-Gay Activist Ties Hawaii's Same-Sex Marriage Decision To History of 'Human Trafficking': LISTEN

LopezIn a bizarre and confusing statement, anti-gay activist, 'ex-gay', and publisher-of-gay-fiction Robert Oscar Lopez compared the passage of marriage equality in Hawaii with that state's conflicted relationship to foreign adoption and "human trafficking."

It seemed as though Lopez was working off of the assumption that newly married gay couples will likely be looking to adopt from foreign nations, bringing populations into America through a process that may, in fact, be a part of some more illicit operation. How Lopez was able to get from the trade of human bodies to same-sex parents' adoption habits is less clear; he simply states, "They end up buying children overseas, regardless of if they want to call it that or not." No, Mr. Lopez, I doubt most gay parents would call it that.

Right Wing Watch reports:

“Look what they did in Hawaii, that’s a state where over sixty percent of the population is Asian-American; they’re the people who came from South Korea, from Japan, from the Philippines, countries that have a very, very controversial history with adoption,” Lopez said. “And the predominantly white Human Rights Campaign went to Hawaii and ripped apart that state, you heard the testimony, they took a state and they just ripped at their heart.”

Lopez explained that married same-sex couples “end up buying children overseas,” which “echoes what happened in the past with the world wars in Korea and Vietnam where children were bought and sold because of couples that maybe thought they were doing the right thing but sometimes were also collaborating with human trafficking.”

While his train of thought is rather difficult to follow, it is clear enough that Lopez is a damaging and damning voice in the anti-gay community.

Listen to the emphatic audio, AFTER THE JUMP...

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19 Hawaii Lawmakers Who Opposed Gay Marriage Receive Lump of Coal in the Mail: VIDEO

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Late last week, all 19 House lawmakers who opposed SB1, the marriage equality bill, received lumps of coal in the mail from an anonymous sender, Hawaii News Now reports, along with a note:

"You left a piece of your heart at the State Building when you voted on SB-1..... Your lifestyle choice of judging others and ignorance is very unfortunate. Good luck in the next election."

The Hilo Medical Center's return address was on the boxes but denies any involvement with the stunt.

Watch HNN's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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