Mayor withdraws Okino nomination to ethics appeals board

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:52:35 AM HST
Updated On: Jan 25 2013 03:01:30 PM HST
Councilman Gary Okino

HONOLULU -

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Friday he is withdrawing the nomination of  former city councilman Gary Okino to the Ethics Board of Appeals.

"I was extremely concerned to hear Gary Okino’s statements to the City Council recently regarding his personal non-tolerance of the gay community," said Caldwell.  "There is no place for discrimination of any kind in city government, and even though Mr. Okino stated he would not discriminate if he was appointed as a member of the Ethics Board of Appeals, I find his position on the gay community to be a problem.  Gary Okino was nominated by the former administration."

Some spoke out on Thursday concerned about Okino's appointment to the board.

Some on the council, like Council Vice Chair Ikaika Anderson and councilman Stanley Chang, came out publicly opposing the nomination.

"I was appalled by former Councilmember Okino’s testimony attacking the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community in this week’s committee hearing, openly professing his 'intolerance' for behavior that he compared with 'murder' and 'drug abuse.'  This kind of prejudice has no place in America, no place in Hawaii, and certainly no place in Honolulu," said Chang.

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