Honolulu gay community outraged by Ethics Board appointee's comments
Former Honolulu City Councilmember Gary Okino has angered the gay community after making inflammatory comments during a council committee meeting. All while he is trying to be confirmed as a member of the city Ethics Board of Appeals. The council committee that got an earful of Okino's biblical beliefs did not object. But critics sure are saying his prejudice should disqualify him for the position. "First of all I have to say that tolerance is not a virtue. Are you tolerant of murder? Are you tolerant of drug abuse? No you're not. So I have no tolerance for homosexuality and I get accused of being intolerant. Is it good? Is it bad? Intolerance is relative," said Gary Okino, during an Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee meeting last Tuesday. Okino was a member of the Honolulu City Council for 10 years. In all he has worked for the city more than 43 years. He was speaking out against homosexuality. The comments came at Okino's own confirmation hearing for a two year term on the Ethics Board of Appeals. Okino was appointed by previous Mayor Peter Carlisle.