Hawaii’s Rep. Jordan First Gay Lawmaker to Vote Against Gay Marriage?

ThinkProgress.org has this article on Hawaii state Rep. Jo Jordan, a Waianae Coast Democrat, identifying her as “the first known openly gay lawmaker to vote against marriage equality.” Excerpt:

Jordan said she might not be sure about supporting the bill until its third vote, and she was clearly not ready in time for its second vote on Wednesday. She explained on the floor that she was moved by the five days of testimony, during which several thousand opponents of marriage equality flooded the House in what some have called an attempted “citizens’ filibuster.” She even openly referred to her identity in defending her no vote:

No, 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.

Denis Dison, senior vice president at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, confirmed to ThinkProgress that there is no prior known example of an openly gay lawmaker casting a vote against marriage equality. The Victory Fund lists Jordan on its website, but he noted that she has not ever attended one of the group’s candidate trainings nor earned its endorsement. Reacting to her vote, Dison said, “It’s hard to understand how a member of the LGBT community could vote against the simple freedom to marry the person they love. …”

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Photo: Rep. Jo Jordan, House floor, Nov. 7, 2013. (Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair

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