A growing number of University of Hawaii at Manoa students are signing a petition urging lawmakers to pass a same-sex marriage bill that’s up for debate in next week’s special session.
As of of Thursday afternoon, more than 400 students have signed on. The petition drive, students said, was inspired by recent student government debates on campus about the pros and cons of same-sex marriage.
One student said she and her peers “frankly wonder what all the controversy is about.”
Camaron Miyamoto, LGBT student services coordinator at UH Manoa, challenged the same-sex marriage opponents who’ve been citing a 1998 constitutional amendment as proof that the issue should be for voters — rather than lawmakers — to decide.
“The State Constitution doesn’t define marriage, it requires the Legislature to define marriage. The Legislature made the wrong decision 15 years ago in saying marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and now it’s time for them to make things right,” Miyamoto said.
The Associated Students of the University of Hawaii has voted in favor of a resolution supporting the Legislature’s decision to go into special session.
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— Alia Wong