Hawaii's Sen. Brian Schatz recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would restore honor to service members who - under Don't Ask, Don't Tell - received dishonorable or other-than-honorable discharges.
The bill - S 1956: Restore Honor to Service Members Act - was co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). Sen. Mazie Hirono is also a sponsor.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa are co-sponsors of a House version, HB 2838.
Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto rejected Rep. Bob McDermott's lawsuit aimed at invalidating Hawaii's marriage equality law.
Sakamoto ruled Jan. 29 that the Marriage Equality Act is constitutional.
The House's Committee on Education deferred indefinitely a bill that would ban conversion therapy on minors during its hearing Mon., Feb. 3.
We thank all our members who submitted testimony on this important bill. Bill advocates are continuing discussions with House leaders on possible next steps.
The bill, HB 1789, would prohibit counselors and other mental health professionals from engaging in therapy on minors that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. To view the bill, click here.