Last week, the Hawaii state Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, making it the 16th state in the country with marriage equality. For Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who has been a supporter for 20 years, the journey has been long.

When the Governor spoke on Michelangelo Signorile’s show on SiriusXM Progress shortly after the monumental bill was signed, he shared some poignant thoughts on civil rights, gay marriage and a divided government. “People should be… considered on the basis of their contribution and their merit. What the hell difference does it make what your sexual orientation is…?”

Abercrombie asserts that marriage equality coincides with the state’s “sense of aloha” and its efforts to “extend common humanity toward one another.”

Interestingly, state Representative Jo Jordan (D-HI), an open lesbian, voted against Hawaii’s marriage equality bill. Abercrombie draws political parallels to explain why she may have chosen to not support the bill and why he respects her viewpoint.

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