Hawaii Begins a New Battle for Gay Marriage

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has called and budgeted for a special legislative session of Hawaii’s state legislature to work on adopting a same sex marriage law.
 
07 Nov 2013 Posted by Cary Floyd in Inside Scoop, NWD News, Press Releases

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has called and budgeted for a special legislative session of Hawaii’s state legislature to work on adopting a same sex marriage law. In fact the Governor submitted is own draft for the bill: The Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013. The special session is scheduled to begin on October 28 and is anticipated to last at least five days.

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After a two year heated battle over civil unions, Hawaii adopted a civil unions law in 2011. Filmmaker/ Director Greg Andermann waded deep in the middle of that battle in Hawaii and the Prop 8 firefight in California and the outcome was CHASING RAINBOWS the first neural film on gay marriage. CHASING RAINBOWS covers the battle between the Evangelical church and the LGBT movement in America.

After closely tracking and assessing the issues for the past five years, Filmmaker/Director Greg Andermann has become a defacto subject matter expert on the topic. CHASING RAINBOWS distributed by New World Distribution, is the first film that explores how and why the Evangelical church and the LGBT feel about the issues and each other.

The Hawaii conservative churches reacted harshly in 2009 and 2010 towards civil unions and Greg expects an even stronger reaction over marriage equality.

For Filmmaker/Director Greg Andermann History Is About to Repeat Itself As Hawaii Begins A New Battle For Gay Marriage

Producer/Director Greg Andermann will be in LA for AFM and is available for appearances and interviews. Media Contact Donna Love at drlove@newworlddistro.com or call 949 204 0901. See Greg Andermann on Hawaii News Now

For CHASING RAINBOWS’ Hawaii based international Filmmaker/Director Greg Andermann – History is about ready to repeat itself. Back in 2009, Andermann waded deep into the middle of America’s greatest cultural divide: the battle between the Evangelical Church and the LGBT over gay marriage and civil unions.

It was a hot sunny Sunday afternoon in the spring of 2009 and the rotunda at the Hawaii State Capitol was suddenly swarming with more than 15,000 Christians that had flooded into downtown Honolulu to protest against a civil unions bill.

bio_andermannGreg Andermann: “That day when we stood there filming the mayhem, I didn’t know what the terms ‘Civil Unions’, ‘LGBT’ or ‘Transgender’ even meant.” “There I was and I was a Christian but I had to question why my so-called fellow Christians, many whom I knew, were behaving that way. Lots of little kids held hateful signs.”

This was the beginning of CHASING RAINBOWS and the world’s first neutral film on Gay Marriage was born. It became a two-year trek into the complete unknown. Andermann never imagined that he would have become a defacto subject matter expert on the issue.

Four years later, Hawaii is about to erupt once again when tens of thousands of Christians descend on the state capitol to protest Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Special Legislative Session starting October 28, 2013 to pass the Governor’s same sex marriage bill. It’s playing out exactly like before: there will be public hearings, amendments, protests, tons of signs, mailers, phone calls to legislators, commercials, editorials and heavy news coverage.

“There I was and I was a Christian but I had to question why my so-called fellow Christians, many whom I knew, were behaving that way.

Greg Andermann: “What I learned was incredible, it actually broadened my understanding about so many issues. And amazingly enough Hawaii pretty much invented gay marriage. Back in the mid 1990’s Hawaii was the first state where a same sex couple tried to sue the state for the right to marry. So here we are today everything is coming around full circle – History is repeating itself.”

To date no one had ever taken an unbiased layperson’s Average Joe look at gay marriage and homosexuality. CHASING RAINBOWS is the first. There is no agenda in the film other than to find out what the issue is really all about and to let two divergent sides hl

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