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Neil Abercrombie, The ‘Screw Your Religious Beliefs About Marriage’ Democrat for Hawaii Governor

Former Congressman Neil Abercrombie won Sunday’s Democratic nomination for governor of Hawaii, beating Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in a 60-38 percent vote. The pro-marriage equality (and otherwise LGBT friendly) candidate in November faces off against Republican challenger Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, who wants to enact a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and was pleased when his boss Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed the legislature’s passage of a gay marriage bill.

Abercrombie, meanwhile, has made clear the rights of minorities have no room for the “religious persuasion” of voters — although back in 1998, while he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, he was in support of banning gay marriage via constitutional amendment.

He’s since changed his mind; in 2009 he co-sponsored a bill to repeal DOMA.