25 years ago today - Feb 3, 1997

Debbie Hartmann (chair of Hawaii's Future Today and a staff member of BYU-Hawaii) testifies before the Senate committee in support of the constitutional amendment and repeats Hawaii's Future Today's (an LDS organized lobbying group) qualified support for the Reciprocal Beneficiaries bill (HB 118). The Reciprocal Beneficiaries bill and the constitutional amendment are both passed by the legislature on the same day. Its final wording is, The legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples. This amendment must be ratified by a majority vote of the citizens in the next general election in November of 1997.

[Crapo, Richley, Chronology Of Mormon / LDS Involvement In Same-Sex Marriage Politics http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/?q=node/59]

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