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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