On the Issues
Reproductive Choiceback to top
“I respect those whose faiths revere the sanctity of life above all. I also respect every woman’s right to make informed decisions about family planning and reproductive health. Contraception is the best method of preventing pregnancies and reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections. In those cases where unintended pregnancies occur, I believe that a woman should be able to make the decision – in consultation with her physician or nurse practitioner – on whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.”
Negative Advertisingback to top
Our campaign has demonstrated that we are committed to a positive vision for Hawaii and our advertisements reflect this positive message of competence, hope, and change. The Ige campaign did not run negative ads in the primary against Governor Abercrombie and the Ige-Tsutsui campaign will not run negative ads against our General Election opponents.
Under federal law, independent groups are allowed to produce advertisements for and against candidates. We have no control over these ads and are prohibited from collaborating or communicating with these groups on the content of these ads.
Marriage Equalityback to top
In the special legislative session late last year, I voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage. I did so because as a senator I saw the issue as one of civil rights, not as one of religious beliefs or of legislating morals. The Hawaii law in fact contains a special exemption to protect churches that refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. Last June, in a case called U.S. v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutionally infringed upon the States’ right to define marriage. The Supreme Court implied that partners in state-recognized civil unions would not be entitled to the same federal tax and other benefits as married couples. Since Hawaii at that time recognized both same-and opposite-sex civil unions, Hawaii residents in such civil unions would be subject to federal discrimination. As Governor I will remain opposed to any form of discrimination. In our multi-racial, multi-cultural society we must be especially vigilant to protect ourselves from all types of discrimination. As your governor, I will work diligently to protect the civil rights of all Hawaii’s citizens.