On Monday, Tenari Maafala, president of the Hawaii police union and an active-duty police officer, expressed anger when asked about the idea of Hawaii passing a law legalizing same-sex marriage. He told the state House that as a law enforcement officer, it’s his duty to honor all laws…well, except for some:
The bottom line is this, the day I retire and bills like this are introduced, I will never ever honor such law. You will have to kill me to dishonor my father in heaven, you would have to kill me to impose these types of laws upon my children, and my nieces and my nephews. (New Civil Rights Movement)
So he’ll honor MOST laws…not all.
And why is this ok to Mr. Maafala? How does he justify this? According to the Honolulu Civil Beat:
Maafala said the state has more important issues to address, such as homelessness and drugs, and that denying gay couples the right to marry is not discrimination if it’s against your beliefs.
Oh! It’s not discrimination as long as it’s against your beliefs.
Maafala joined hundreds, if not thousands of people to deliver more than 50 hours of testimony in a “people’s filibuster.” They erroneously believe that they can kill the bill by delaying lawmakers’ votes. Typically, the whole thing is suspicious. From the Honolulu Civil Beat:
Amid charges of residents testifying more than once, testifying under false names, and testifying by proxy, it also seemed apparent that a great many of those testifying before lawmakers were reading scripts they had not written, could barely read, and that sounded extremely similar.
When questioning him, Republican Rep. Bob McDermott said:
You are a fairly high profile individual in the community. It required courage for you to step forward.
Maafala was appreciative. He insisted:
I’m just a humble servant.
He continued with “I’m not going to let any man woman or child tell me how to believe” and “how to live my lifestyle.”
His audacity and hypocrisy are admirable.
Watch the entire video (4:31 minutes):