Lesbian Hawaii State Rep. Jo Jordan Votes Against Marriage Equality
Democratic Hawaii state Rep. Jo Jordan has earned herself a unique distinction. She's the first openly LGBT lawmaker to vote against marriage equality.
Even more puzzling is that according to Think Progress:
Jordan had reservations about the bill before Hawaii’s special session even began. Last week, she explained that she was undecided, because even though 75 percent of her constituents support marriage equality, she felt she had to represent the entire state. She seemed to be unaware that statewide polling showed a 55 percent majority support marriage equality.
So who exactly is she representing? Apparently not the people that voted for her, or the majority of her state, or--you know--the LGBT community.
Jordan defended her vote on the Hawaii House floor, saying:
No, nobody’s going to beat me up. Nobody’s going to throw me out of my (LGBT) community — I’m not quite sure of that… I might vote against something that I personally believe in. I personally believe I should have the right. You know how hard it is for me to say no? I have to say no.
Trust us, you don't have to say no, Jo. You really don't.
Hopefully she'll make the right call on Friday during the third reading vote on marriage equality.
If she doesn't, we propose we throw her off the island. (The gay island. And maybe the Hawaiian one too.)