Truth from Dare: In the name of progress

Jun. 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Supporters of gay marriage embrace outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, June 26, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. (Associated Press)

Supporters of gay marriage embrace outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, June 26, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. (Associated Press)

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Progress is one of those things that just can’t be stopped. It’s sort of like water finding its way down the side of a mountain. It might take a while to get to its destination, but in the end nothing can stand in its way.

That fact was demonstrated in a monumental way on Wednesday, June 26, when the U.S. Supreme Court essentially said the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. In short, DOMA decreed the federal government would not recognize marriages between individuals of the same gender. Yesterday’s ruling said same-sex couples are every bit as valid as “traditional” couples and should be treated the same under federal law.

In addition to striking down DOMA, the high court also upheld that California’s Proposition 8 is illegal. Proposition 8 negated the right for same-sex couples to marry (a right they had already been granted by the state legislature). Basically, California is back in the “gay marriage is legal” mix.

It was a great day for progress and humanity in our country!

Honolulu resident Hoku Akiu holds an American flag and a rainbow flag during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's rulings in the case against California’s Proposition 8 and the ACLU’s challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the State Capitol in Honolulu. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jamm Aquino)

Honolulu resident Hoku Akiu holds an American flag and a rainbow flag during a rally in support of the Supreme Court’s rulings in the case against California’s Proposition 8 and the ACLU’s challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the State Capitol in Honolulu. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jamm Aquino)

I’ve never been a relationship-minded person. I have a hard enough time committing to a plan for the weekend or which pair of shoes is my favorite. But I do believe the government shouldn’t meddle in people’s personal affairs, and everyone has the right to pursue their own happiness.

Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now. My pursuit of happiness involves gearing up for another fun weekend.

Friday, June 28, brings another edition of “ARTafterDARK” at the Honolulu Museum of Arts. This month’s theme is “Lethal Beauty” and revolves around an exhibition of samurai weapons and armor. Some of the highlights include a sword demonstration by Kenshikan Kendo Club, intricate beauty applications by DFS make-up artists, live painting by zen brush artist Andy Lee, and DJs Dana Kruse and Patrick Park.

Added to all the fun of the traditional party, there’s the “Secret Sound Showcase” in the Doris Duke Theater featuring Sing The Body, Sunway, and ILLIST with The NME Band. I was stoked to hear about this as sometimes it feels like the party at “ARTafterDARK” is ending as soon as I arrive.

Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation headlines at The Republik on Saturday, June 29. (Courtesy photo)

Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation headlines at The Republik on Saturday, June 29. (Courtesy photo)

On Saturday, June 29, I’m excited to see Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation at The Republik. Thievery Corporation is traditionally known for their groovy downtempo beats, but lately Garza has been exploring his original love of electronic music. The show is to promote his “Remixes” LP, so expect to hear his take on tracks from popular artists. Rob will hit the decks later in the night after a concert by El Ten Eleven wraps up, so if you feel like getting in the mood, visit his website to get warmed up for the party.

The one downer for me this weekend is that Sunday, June 30, will see two of the biggest gay pride celebrations of the year and I’ll be here in Hawaii. San Francisco and New York City both celebrate pride on the last Sunday of June, and over half a million people attend each festival.

With the two historic decisions handed down yesterday, you can be sure there’ll be lot of partying going on. All in the name of progress!
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When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at derinderego@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

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