Judas, anyone? Just recently, Hawaii State Democratic Rep. Georgette “Jo” Jordan has joined a rarified group of one, becoming what is believed to be the first openly gay lawmaker in history to vote against marriage equality. Jordan has been open about her struggle to support the bill and her insecurity about whether or not a majority of the voices of the citizens she represents are being heard, and even the demise of DOMA didn’t help to push her onto the marriage equality bandwagon.
“Has anybody been denied before DOMA or after DOMA — what has changed in our state?” she asked. “These are questions that I still have to settle in myself and that’s why I’m undecided.”
Jordan has one more shot at getting on the right side of history during the final vote on Friday, but if her words defending her no vote are any indication, it’s definitely going to be an uphill battle. After hearing testimony from people opposed to marriage equality in Hawaii, she was utterly defiant, stating that “…nobody’s going to beat me up. Nobody’s going to throw me out of my (LGBT) community — I’m not quite sure of that… I might vote against something that I personally believe in. I personally believe I should have the right. You know how hard it is for me to say no? I have to say no.”
The desire to represent an entire constituency is understandable, but what is less clear is who she’s trying to appeal to in a state where a majority of people are in favor of gay marriage.
We’re guessing that this one’s single, so all you gals out there have at her and perhaps you can get a civil union someday…