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Hawaii Lawmaker Gets Death Threat In His Home For Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash on October 30, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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A Hawaii Democratic state lawmaker whose support of same-sex marriage is well-known earlier this month found a note that had been slipped under the front door of his home. It was a death threat. Representative Chris Lee, a Hawaii native who serves the people of Kailua and Waimanalo, says the threat was in response to his support of marriage equality.

“Clearly, when things like this happen, it generally means you’re doing something right,” Lee told Hawaii News Now. “Over the history of difficult issues there’s always going to be people on the fringes who are upset that they’re not getting their way or that people are speaking out against their position, and such is life. Anything worth fighting for carries some inherent risk and there’s certainly no reason to keep quiet because of it.”

Lee, who is 32 and was first elected in 2008, clearly believes same-sex marriage is worth fighting for — his Facebook page is filled with pro-LGBT posts.

“I hope people continue to contact us,” Lee says. “The whole idea behind the governor’s early announcement was so that everybody has a chance to weigh in, and we expect that to happen. We’ve been out in our community talking to folks, fielding phone calls, meeting people in the district and it’s exactly the kind of correspondence that we need to be able to make this sort of decision.”

“Hopefully as this debate continues we’re going to have civil debate that focuses on the merits of the issue rather than devolving into any sort of personal attacks.”

On Wednesday, the Hawaii Senate passed the same-sex marriage bill. Debate in the House begins Thursday. No doubt, Lee will be voting “yes.”

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{ 6 comments }

ascanius001 October 30, 2013 at 11:50 pm

the next few days are most likely going to be very ugly. the mormons are going to pursue a scorched earth policy. and the catholic hierarchy will create as much mischief as it can. it's a good thing the majority of rank-and-file catholics support marriage equality. let's hope the legislators hang tough.

Str8Grandmother October 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

I sent an e-mail today to every Democratic member of the House in Hawaii

All we are saying, is Give Love a Chance
All we are saying, is Give Love a Chance
All we are saying, is Give Love a Chance

I thought I have built up a pretty good thick skin. Having listened through so many of these by now, Rhode Island (particularly nasty) Maryland, New Zealand etc.
But I guess this story hits my lowest low point.
That people hate you so much, that they would personally slip a death threat under a person's door, makes me incredibly sad, just so sad.

Robroberts2013 October 31, 2013 at 12:03 am

The death threat reflects very poorly on the opponents to gay marriage and to their increasing desperation.

BJLincoln October 31, 2013 at 6:14 am

I hope he take some extra precautions just in case because the opposition is desperate and a little nuts. Probably someone who is pumped full of lies from their house of worship. Most of these people are as tired of the fight as we are but they believe the disgusting hate put out daily by Hate Groups. As each state embraces equality, we have seen an increase in anti-gay violence. Hate Groups have changed as the desperation thickens.
They have stepped out of their "save traditional marriage" to repeating some of the outlandish claims made back in the 70's. We should not be teachers or doctors because we "recruit" kids to that gerbil up the wazoo. Some people will believe anything because they refuse to think for themselves and the far right loves them for it. They feed off each other so the lies become more grand ( and disgusting ) to rally the sheeple into a frenzy.

weshlovrcm October 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm

If you can't ban same-sex marriage with lies, then do it with bullying, intimidation and threats. This is why the aggressive pro-homophobia lobby is utterly morally bankrupt and will lose the "culture war" they started 30+ years ago.

DarthEVaderCheney November 2, 2013 at 1:02 am

As an ordained Christian Baptist minister (Ret.) I can relate to the absurdity of the conservative right-wing American christian Taliban. Their churches and society are changing drastically and rapidly before their very eyes and they have neither the common sense or educational intelligence to make their own decisions. It's too much work for them! Thankfully I am retired and in an entirely different Christian denomination who is supportive of everyone, who walk the talk of Jesus Christ. The most we can do is pray like crazy for these anti-Christian, anti-GLBT people.

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