HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Democratic Party is considering whether to rebuke two state lawmakers for introducing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, in defiance of the party's platform.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday (http://goo.gl/q7t4kc ) that party members are expected to meet on Oahu Aug. 10 to consider recommendations from a panel investigating Sen. Mike Gabbard and Rep. Sharon Har, who both represent Kapolei.
The panel says the lawmakers have the right to introduce bills, but have violated membership requirements of the party in a way that warrants sanctions.
The panel is recommending a tougher reprimand for Gabbard because the party believes he previously violated its platform on civil rights in 2009.
Gabbard says lawmakers should be able to act on their conscience and the wishes of their constituents.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com
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