March 18, 1996

Legislative Stalemate Continues

The leadership of the Hawaii Senate has announced that it will not hold hearings on the House's constitutional amendment to ban same-gender marriage. Rey Graulty announced this Thursday night on television, and the Honolulu dailies reported the story on Saturday. It is expected that the Hawaii House will refuse to hold hearings on the Senate's domestic partnership bill. Is this really it, for this legislative session? Speaker of the House Joe Souki was quoted as saying that it wasn't over until it is over. The legislative session is scheduled to end the first week of May.

                Tom Ramsey
                Hawaii Equal Rights Marriage

Web sites for HERMP information:

For the official report of the Commission on Sexual Orientation and
the Law:

For legal documents related to Baehr v. Lewin (now Baehr v. Miike):
which has a link to marriage and Baehr v. Lewin

For national as well as Hawaii information:

The Hawaii Equal Rights Marriage Project, HERMP, is the sole support of the work of Dan Foley on Baehr v. Lewin (Foley is the attorney who makes all court appearances on behalf of the plaintiff couples). Please be generous in support of HERMP; Hawaii is a small state, and the tiny gay and lesbian community here is very active in advocacy work which HERMP cannot address.  Donations to HERMP are fully tax-deductible, and should be made out to
1521 Alexander Street, #503
Honolulu, HI 96822.

The HERMP branch in Kona, on the Big Island, has produced a T-shirt for sale. One can send a check for $17.50 to HERMP, P.O.Box 902, Captain Cook, HI 96704, together with a note about being sent a T-shirt (S, M, L, XL, XXL). It is also available in a tank top. The design is multi-color on white. A large triangle points down, with the letters h.e.r.m.p above the triangle, some male-male, female-female symbols in the border of the triangle and some palm trees. To place an email order for T-shirts, or to obtain more information, please email An image of the T-shirt is available via the WEB on

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