Pride Reception

June 29th, 2011

After outlining his views on gay marriage at a news conference earlier today — he stopped short of endorsing it — President Barack Obama hosted a reception at the White House for various gay pride groups to further discuss his position.

According to White House officials, the reception observing LGBT Pride Month included invited Administration officials, elected officials and LGBT grassroots and community leaders from around the country.

The list of expected attendees:

Administration Officials:
John Berry, Director of the US Office of Personnel Management
Nancy Sutley, Chair, CEQ
Brad Kiley, Director of the White House Office of Management and Administration

Elected Officials:
Hon. Blake Oshiro, Majority Leader, Hawaii State House, HI
Hon. Dwight Chong, Hawaii State House, HI
Hon. Jeanette Oxford, Missouri General Assembly, MO
Hon. Diane Sands, Montana House of Representatives, MT
Hon. Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor West Sacramento, CA
Hon. Darryl Moore, Berkley City Council, CA

Community Leaders:
Sue Fulton, Former US Army Captain
Antonio “Dave” Garcia, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo LGBT Center
Bishop Mary Glasspool, Diocese of Los Angeles
Harriet Hancock, Founder of the Columbia South Carolina LGBT Community Center
Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign
Verna St. Clair King, Civil Rights Activist
Caleb Laieski , Anti-Bullying Activist
Marisa Richmond, Transgender and Civil Rights Activist
Glenn Magpantay, LGBT AAPI Civil Rights Attorney
Olivia Tai, LGBT College Youth Leader
Dontaee Williamson, LGBT High School Youth Leader

Oshiro (D, Aiea-Halawa) was the primary author of legislation signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to legalize civil unions in Hawaii for same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

Dwight Chong is better known to constituents as “Pono.”

5 Responses to “Pride Reception”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    Barack’s gettin’ there, or at least giving the conservatives a dose of their own “state’s rights” medicine. Good that his home state peeps get some props.

  2. zipinparadise:

    Thanks to Blake Oshiro, Hawaii has a civil unions bill for all couples — gay, straight AND secular that beats New York’s gay marriage bill. New York is giving marriage rights to gay couples just at the time that marriage is dieing out as an institution. Hawaii is on the right side of history, providing not just equal rights in relationships/contracts, but also providing an alternative to the religious institution of marriage which is likely to fade away in our lifetimes — especially as civil unions gain ground. Everywhere that civil unions are allowed, they before long far exceed marriages in practice.

  3. Kolea:


    It is a mistake to say marriage is a religious institution. The secular state pried ownership of marriage from the hands of the churches in the 19th and 20th Century in most countries. Certainly in the United States. The churches RESISTED civil marriage, but they lost. Long ago.

    This widespread ahistorical confusion among advocates for equality actually helps the religious conservatives who we are messing with THEIR institution of “marriage” when they lost that fight long ago.

    My Catholic grandmother may have insisted any “marriage” performed outside “the Church” was invalid, but why should you reinforce her superstition?

    The ability for same sex couples to get civil unions is definitely an advance, particularly when they are given the legal equivalence of “marriage” under the bill Blake sponsored. I still believe it was a mistake to include opposite sex couples under the law, as that perpetuates the notion that civil unions are legally different from “marriage” under Hawaii law, when they are not. All committed couples should be covered under the same “marriage ” law. And that will happen soon enough, once people have adjusted to the notion of equality and relax their prejudices a bit more.

    Folks who believe there should be legal recognition for relationships less committed than marriage, should think about introducing a “Going Steady” bill.

  4. Goober:

    DOMA is still in battle and not legal yet, at least not in Hawaii.

  5. Gay Travel Hawaii:

    This is a good way in reaching out to LGBT people. I still feel that we should also learn how to be sensitive to other peoples needs even if we call them different.

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