Hawaii lawmakers receive ‘lump of coal’ for voting against gay marriage


Staff Reports

HONOLULU — A number of Hawaii state lawmakers have received what appears to be a “lump of coal” for their Christmas stockings, sent by an anonymous citizen rebuking the legislators for voting against the state’s marriage equality bill earlier this month.

A package containing the coal was sent to 19 House lawmakers with a note that read: “You left a piece of your heart at the State Building when you voted on SB-1… Your lifestyle choice of judging others and ignorance is very unfortunate. Good luck in the next election.”

The boxes were not sent to the four State Senators who also voted “no” on the measure, or at least they haven’t arrived yet if they were.

Watch are report from KGMB-TV:

Hawaii House lawmakers on Nov. 8 voted 30-19 to approve the marriage equality bill, followed by a 19-4 approval vote in the state Senate days later.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the bill on Nov. 13, making Hawaii the 15th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage when the law takes effect on Dec. 2.

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