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.