Meanwhile, In Hawaii …

It’s been two decades since the issue of marriage equality arrived on the shores of those beautiful islands, and the debate hasn’t stopped. Over the last week, there has been a massive wave of citizen testimony in the legislature, literally thousands of two-minute speeches. Some of this was a deliberate attempt at a kind of citizens’ filibuster, but a large part of it seems to me to be a very healthy airing of differing views in a preternaturally civil fashion. Better still, the bill for marriage equality has strengthened its religious freedom protections, something I’ve long believed in.

Soon, the bill will go to the full House for a vote, then another round in the Senate before it gets to the governor who wants to sign it. Whatever the result, democracy was in action in Hawaii. And that is a good thing.