Legitimacy of law, and it’s moral basis, MUST lie with the consent of the governed. Always.
Major societal changes will be illegitimate without ALL citizens having an equal voice in giving their approval to such a societal restructuring, by referendum.
For this reason, the governor’s veto of HB444 is correct: such a major societal change as requiring by law that our communities now value all sexual relationships as equivalent, that the traditional legal status and role given to heterosexual marriage since the first laws were ever written, can not be forced on to our communities by a few politicians alone, especially by less than open legislative practices as recently occurred in Hawaii.
Only by referendum should our communities and society be allowed to be restructured.
Power to the people, always.
The ends do not justify the means.
The Conservative Forum for Hawaii
Edward Gutteling, M.D.