Oshiro: Obama's Stance No Guarantee for Gay Marriage in Hawaii

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

As a former member of the state House of Representatives, Blake Oshiro, a Democrat, was instrumental in crafting and passing civil unions legislation.

It included the bill that was vetoed in 2010 by then-Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican, and the bill that was signed into law in 2011 by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat.

Oshiro is now Abercrombie's deputy chief of staff. Civil Beat spoke with him Thursday about President Barack Obama's announcement that he now supports gay marriage.

Oshiro did not speak on behalf of the Abercrombie administration, which is currently a co-defendant in a lawsuit, Jackson v. Abercrombie, which challenges Hawaii's ban on same sex marriage.

Abercrombie has acknowledged many of the complaint's allegations, including the denial of federal constitutional rights. Meanwhile, the state's Department of Health has denied many of the complaint's allegations.

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