Truth from Dare: Love and marriage
BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that once in while I like to get a little political. After all, life can’t always be about parties and pageantry. While I try to keep my soapbox tucked away, sometimes certain social issues tug on my psyche. The current debate on marriage equality in our state is one such issue.
I find it profoundly disturbing that opponents of same-sex marriage feel so strongly about the issue. How something that’s between people you don’t even know can bother you so much you would protest their happiness is beyond me. Professing hate under the guise of protecting the institution of marriage is cowardly and pathetic.
And shame on State of Hawaii Police Officers Union president Tenari Maafala for saying he would rather die than uphold a law that recognizes same-sex marriage. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but when you work for the government and your job is to uphold the law, you can’t let those beliefs interfere with the job you were hired to do.
The bottom line is, you can’t use a religious argument about the sanctity of marriage to prevent giving equal rights to citizens of a country that stands on, among other things, a pillar of the separation of church and state. Period.
And those opposed to equal rights and calling for putting the issue to a public vote as a stall tactic are foolishly standing on the wrong side of progress. In hindsight, they’ll also be standing on the wrong side of history along with those who resisted the abolishment of slavery or women’s suffrage.
Get it together people. You look ridiculous.
Personally, I can’t wait to pop a bottle of bubbly when Senate Bill 1 passes. I don’t know if I’ll ever get married, but I do think anyone who wants to should be able to.
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 email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.