Tag Archives: Hawaii

Jeff Sessions Is Amazed That A Judge “Sitting On An Island In The Pacific” Can Block Trump’s Travel Ban

CNN reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week he was amazed that a judge in Hawaii could block President Donald Trump’s executive order halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries. Sessions made the comments in an interview with “The Mark Levin Show” Tuesday evening that was put online Wednesday. “We’ve got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth ...

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Federal Court Extends Block On Travel Ban Indefinitely

ABC News reports: A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday extended the order blocking President Trump’s controversial travel ban until the state’s lawsuit is resolved. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the ruling after hearing arguments. Hawaii State Attorney General Douglas Chin argued that the ban’s message is like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban'” that the government ...

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HAWAII: State GOP Disavows Own US House Candidate Over “Vulgar And Racist” Attack On Dem Incumbent

As you might have guessed, this is all being done in the name of Jesus. Hawaii Civil Beat reports: The chair of the Hawaii Republican Party is urging party members to disavow the candidacy of the GOP nominee for the 2nd Congressional District, which represents the neighbor islands and rural Oahu. “I want it understood by the general public and ...

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Dem Rep. Mark Takai Dies Of Cancer At Age 49

While still a Hawaii state rep, Takai played a critical part in the 2013 passage of his state’s same-sex marriage bill. He was elected to the US House in 2014. NBC News reports: U.S. Congressman Mark Takai, who served as the representative for Hawaii’s first district, has died, NBC News has confirmed. Takai, 49, announced in May he would not ...

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HAWAII: Bernie Sanders Completes His Caucus Sweep

Bernie Sanders has won the Hawaii caucus, completing his predicted sweep off yesterday’s three contests. When results were slow in coming, Sanders supporters acted on their own. Via USA Today: When the mainstream media was nearly silent on his victory, voters took the electoral process into their own hands. Overnight, a Google document built by a handful of strangers became ...

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Ted Cruz Wins Idaho, Trump Wins Hawaii

From the Los Angeles Times: Michigan was the day’s big prize, not only because it offered the largest number of delegates, 59, but because it presented the first test of the candidates’ appeal in the industrial Midwest, a traditional fall battleground. If nominated, Trump hopes his protectionist talk could win over blue-collar workers skeptical of foreign trade deals and put ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Millions Watch Hawaii Tourism Officials Surprise Gay Military Couple With Wedding

Go Hawaii! Also: Kleenex alert! Civil Beat reports: Despite its longtime leadership on issues such as anti-discrimination laws, civil unions and marriage equality, Hawaii has been shy about using that street cred to leverage more same-sex destination wedding tourism. Until now. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau — the private, nonprofit marketing organization for the tourism industry — released an ...

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HAWAII: Obama Vacation Spot Rainbow Riles Right

Over the weekend a rainbow appeared directly over President Obama’s vacation spot in Hawaii.  Take it away Twitchy commenters: “Wow, wish I had a fan club of professional photographers following me around framing rainbows in my vicinity to make me look like a little demigod. Not really, I prefer to give glory to Christ. Let’s hope this presumptuous little Herod ...

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HAWAII: Lesbian Couple Files Federal Suit Against Cop They Say Arrested Them For Kissing In Public

A Los Angeles lesbian couple yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against a Honolulu police officer whom they accuse of arresting them for kissing in a grocery store. The couple was on a Hawaii vacation at the time. The Associated Press reports: Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero, who were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles in March, said in a federal lawsuit ...

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HAWAII: Catholic Cardinal Busted For DUI

Cardinal William Joseph Levada, who was embroiled in several pedophile-shielding scandals and was once second only to the Pope in the Catholic hierarchy, has been arrested for DUI while on vacation with “priest friends” in Hawaii. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports: “I regret my error in judgment. I intend to continue fully cooperating with the authorities,” Levada said in an email ...

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HAWAII: State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To 2013 Marriage Equality Law

Via the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The Hawaii Supreme Court has dismissed a legal challenge led by State Rep. Bob McDermott to the state’s Marriage Equality Act. Ruling that McDermott and other plaintiffs were not harmed or injured by the 2013 law, Supreme Court justices said they had no standing to challenge the law, according to a press release from the Attorney ...

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TODAY: Hawaii Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Same-Sex Marriage Law

The Christianist crusade of Hawaii state Rep. Bob McDermott comes to a head today. Hawaii’s Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a state Republican representative’s lawsuit challenging the gay marriage law. While the Legislature was considering the bill last year, Rep. Bob McDermott tried to stop the state from issuing any marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The circuit ...

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HAWAII: State Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Appeal Brought By GOP Crackpot

Crackpot Hawaii GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott, who presided over the most vicious anti-gay marriage hearings we’ve seen (and we’ve seen a lot of them), has won his battle to bring the issue before the state Supreme Court even though same-sex marriage has been legal there for almost a year. On Dec. 18, the state’s high court will hear oral ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Ninth Circuit Hears Marriage Cases From Nevada, Idaho, & Hawaii

Today’s oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals begin at 1PM local time in San Francisco. The court has wisely decided to stream the proceedings over YouTube, which should provide for relatively glitch-free viewing. Follow along at the Twitter hashtag #9thCircuit.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: A massive victory for equality in Wisconsin and Indiana, with one of the most strongly-worded decisions yet. A judge in Louisiana has ruled against marriage equality, but there are some problems with his ruling. There are major oral arguments this week in multiple states, and more cases move closer to consideration by the US Supreme Court.

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TODAY: Ninth Circuit Court Hears Marriage Equality Cases From HI, NV, & ID

Today’s the big day in San Francisco: On September 8, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments in the Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada gay marriage cases. The arguments will begin at 1 p.m. in Courtroom One of the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, 95 7th St., San Francisco. The court strongly encourages ...

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Tony Perkins Mocks Abercrombie Loss

“Back in November of 2013, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie called a special session to legalize same-sex ‘marriage, instead of giving voters a voice. Rather than put the issue on the ballot, as thousands of people asked for, he fast-tracked the bill through the legislature. Unfortunately for Abercrombie, he may have stopped Hawaiians from voting on marriage, but he couldn’t stop ...

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Ninth Circuit Court Reveals Judge Panel For Nevada, Idaho, & Hawaii Cases

Equality Case Files adds: “Reinhardt wrote majority in Prop 8 case and SmithKline (latter held sexual orientation must withstand heightened scrutiny). Berzon joined Reinhardt in SmithKline. Gould wrote majority in Witt v. Air Force.” Arguments in the three cases begin at 4PM in San Francisco on next Monday.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they’ll take up in their fall session. There’s another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization ...

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HAWAII: Gov. Neil Abercrombie Blames Primary Loss On Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday declared that he lost this month’s reelection primary because he had called a special legislative session on same-sex marriage. Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii’s open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. ...

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