Dear Representative Carroll:
I have called, e-mailed, testified in writing, tweeted and even Facebooked you. You chose to NEVER respond. In your speech at 9 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2013 you spoke of ALOHA AND PONO. Not responding is NOT ALOHA or PONO! I feel like you have not listened to me or many people who were, and are, in support of equality for all. You by your words tonight have said to the world “Hawaii’s 13 district believes that it is OK to discriminate against same sex couples.”
My heart is broken because you, Representative Carroll, have said “It is OK to discriminate.” This is a bad message to teach our keiki. I am afraid you may have forgotten the principal of Hawaii’s AIKANE! The old Hawaiian saying, “Polena pa’a ‘ia iho ke aloha i kuleana like ai kaua”, translated means “In love tightly bound you and I share equal rights.” This ancient Hawaiian philosophy should ring true today, but you have silenced it.
I chose to marry my spouse because we believe in the sanctity of marriage. Representative Carroll by your words tonight you have said my spouse and I do not matter and that we are not ohana. Where is the PONO and ALOHA you spoke of? Representative Carroll my spouse and I matter, we simply want to live a calm, safe, PONO, ALOHA and EQUAL life. That is all we were asking by wanting marriage equality. I am saddened and ashamed of your no vote.
Dr. Tim Riley