Nice going Lingle, I bet no one would ever think you might possibly be a lesbian*… How does it feel to be a sonder komando?
Honolulu Civil Beat
By Chad Blair
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle told a radio audience that civil unions aren’t a civil right because first cousins in Hawaii can’t marry, just as a brother and sister cannot.
The comments were made on Rick Hamada’s radio program on KHVH 830 AM Thursday morning.
During the program, Lingle said:
“For those people who want to makes this into a civil rights issue, and of course those in favor of the bill, they see it as a civil rights issue. And I understand them drawing that conclusion. But people on the other side would point out, well, we don’t allow other people to marry even — it’s not a civil right for them. First cousins couldn’t marry, or a brother and a sister and that sort of thing. So there are restrictions, not to put it in the exact same category. But the bottom line is, it really can’t be a civil right if we are restricting it in other cases, and it’s been found to be legal in those other cases, that the restrictions (are constitutional).”
Later in the segment a caller who identified himself as Joe from Maryland told the governor that first cousins can get married in Hawaii. Lingle’s response:
“Whether or not a first cousin can marry in Hawaii, I’ll have to go back and check. I don’t know that that’s untrue, but let me go back and check on that.”
* According to several sources governor Lingle is allegedly a closeted lesbian. This makes sense since this sort of homophobia is often used to deflect suspicion of homosexuality by people deeply conflicted about their own sexuality.