Anti-gay Massachusetts group MassResistance is celebrating their work towards blocking civil unions in Hawaii.
MassResistance played a pivotal role in helping stop a major “civil unions” bill in the Hawaii Legislature, according to sources on both sides of the issue. At 9:00 a.m. on February 24, the Judiciary and Operations Committee of the Hawaii Legislature convened a public hearing on Bill #444 which would legalize homosexual civil unions in that state. It was a marathon 18-hour session with over 1400 people testifying that finally ended at 3:30 a.m. the following morning! According to observers, a number of the attendees had copies of the MassResistance pamphlet “What Same-Sex Marriage has done to Massachusetts”, and much of the testimony came from it. All of the committee members had been given copies, and one of the Senators used information from it in his discussions with other members at the hearing. At 3:30 a.m. when the hearing ended, the committee immediately took a vote. It was a 3-3 tie – and thus the bill got killed in committee! A VICTORY!
In November 2007 the teenage daughter of MassResistance founder Amy Contrada came out as a lesbian after her mother picketed her high school’s production of The Laramie Project. The next week good ol’ mom created a full page on the MassResistance site to announce that her daughter was adopted, emotionally unstable, and a “special needs” student. Last year the Southern Poverty Law Center rated MassResistance as a hate group.