Equality Hawaii Condemns Hate Crime Against LGBT Holiday Display At Honolulu Hale
For Immediate Release: Dec. 12, 2012 • Media Contact: Donald L. Bentz (808) 221-0799
HONOLULU - Equality Hawaii condemns the recent destruction of the Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Honolulu holiday display at Honolulu Hale and calls on city officials to address, investigate and prosecute the potential hate crime to the fullest extent of the law.
Equality Hawaii stands with PFLAG in calling for the Honolulu Police Department and city officials to investigate the incident as a hate crime. The PFLAG holiday display was the only one of its kind on public property in the United States making it a target for those resentful at recent advances for equality, such as the four ballot victories, Pres. Obama's support of marriage equality and the Supreme Court agreeing to hear cases challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
"Despite Hawaii's status as a melting pot of diversity, this incident demonstrates the intolerance and bigotry are still every day realities for LGBT residents and visitors alike, said Grant Teichman, an Equality Hawaii Action Fund board member. "The holiday season is a time of unity. Those who would use the cover of night in order to make a political statement against diversity should feel shame in every sense of the word."