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Posted on Oct 8, 2014

Equality Hawaii Action Fund Endorses Ige-Tsutsui

HONOLULU  – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Senator David Ige and Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui both received an endorsement from Equality Hawaii Action Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to securing equality for Hawaii’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“The fight to win marriage was a real milestone, but other issues now demand our attention and energy,” said Jacce Mikulanec, chair of Equality Hawaii Action Fund. “We’re proud to stand with Sen. Ige and Lt. Gov. Tsutsui this fall because they understand that there is still work to do and that effective leadership can help bend the arc of the moral universe more quickly toward justice.”

Equality Hawaii noted Senator Ige’s strong and consistent leadership on LGBT community issues. Last fall, the state attorney general confirmed that Senate Bill 1, the Marriage Equality Act, was constitutional per Senator Ige’s request for his opinion, which helped to relieve the concerns of some lawmakers. Lt. Governor Tsutsui also supported SB-1, and as a state senator in 2010, voted in favor of Hawaii’s civil unions bill.

“We urge LGBT voters and others who care about equality and fairness to vote for David Ige for Governor and Shan Tsutsui for Lieutenant Governor,” Mikulanec said.

“Shan and I are honored to receive the support of the Equality Hawaii Action Fund because of their tireless efforts to bring equality to Hawaii’s LGBT community,” Senator Ige said. “The Ige-Tsutsui administration will remain opposed to any form of discrimination and protect the civil rights of all Hawaii’s citizens.”

Senator Ige has also received endorsements from the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Government Employees Association, Sierra Club of Hawaii, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Iron Workers Union Local 625 and Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 368.

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