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October 23, 1996

The Latest Campaign Twist

Some of Jeremy Harris' supporters are passing literature out in the churches, attacking Arnold Morgado as pro gay marriage.

Harris told the UHPA interviewing committee that he wouldn't take a stand on same-gender marriage (not a city issue).

You may be receiving a more detailed update on Senate races soon. Senator Whitney Anderson, Republican of Waimanalo-Kailua, is also playing to homophobia: he sent out a BIG, GLOSSY FLYER in which same-gender marriage is the only issue discussed, attacking Democratic challenger Jackie Young as favoring marriage (and quoting Island Lifestyle magazine, including some front cover space of IL). Of course this means that Anderson has nothing else going for him.

It's going to be a long two weeks to Nov. 5th! PLEASE VOTE, REGARDLESS OF HOW BAD IT GETS!
 

                        Tom Ramsey
                        Co-coordinator, h.e.r.m.p
 

P. S. Here are the players and organizations in Hawaii whose primary focus is on same gender marriage and which work closely with h.e.r.m.p:

h.e.r.m.p: the ONLY organization paying the legal fees of Dan Foley, the attorney who is in charge of the case with Evan Wolfson and Kirk Cashmere as co-counsels. h.e.r.m.p was created when the three plaintiff couples came to the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in 1993 for help in raising funds to pay the legal expenses (they had to distance themselves from an earlier organizational structure). Donations to h.e.r.m.p are fully tax-deductible and can be made to GLCC-h.e.r.m.p, 1521 Alexander St., #503, Honolulu, HI 96822. h.e.r.m.p currently owes Dan Foley about $13,000, with the bill mounting rapidly during the trial in September.

Friends of h.e.r.m.p: an organization parallel to h.e.r.m.p to handle the NON-tax-deductible public education and media work. The address is PO BOX 11690, Honolulu, HI 96828. They have launched a 900-number, for donations of between $5 and $25: 1-900-97-MARRY.

Alliance for Equal Rights: this political action group predates h.e.r.m.p considerably. It played a strong role in getting Hawaii's law that bans discrimination in employment (with Leon Rouse as the lobbyist for that). It's top priority is the support of legislative candidates who support same gender marriage, but it can't give money directly to the candidate's election campaigns. The address is 2139 Chamberlain Street, Honolulu, HI 96822.

The Equality Fund: an organization parallel to the Alliance, which is a registered PAC giving money directly to legislative candidates. The address is PO BOX 11690, Honolulu, HI 96828.

The following national organizations endorse h.e.r.m.p and Friends of h.e.r.m.p (with its 900-number):

ASTREA NATIONAL LESBIAN ACTION FOUNDATION GAY AND LESBIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION GAY/LESBIAN/STRAIGHT TEACHERS NETWORK HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND NATIONAL BLACK GAY AND LESBIAN LEADERSHIP FORUM NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS DEAF QUEER RESOURCE CENTER NEW YORK FREEDOM TO MARRY
 

P.P.S. Here are some links for further information.
 

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