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Okino apologizes for remarks condemning homosexuality

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 27, 2013

~~<p>Former City Councilman Gary Okino issued an apology to gays, lesbians and their supporters on Saturday, and said it was &quot;appropriate&quot; for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to withdraw his nomination to the Ethics Board of Appeals after comments he made last week about homosexuals.</p>
<p>&quot;The mayor's action to withdraw my nomination was appropriate,&quot; Okino said in a statement. &quot;In my overzealousness to respond to the allegations made against me by the testifiers (at) the committee meeting, I now realize that I may have unintentionally hurt the very people I was trying to help.&quot;</p>
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Former City Councilman Gary Okino issued an apology to gays, lesbians and their supporters on Saturday, and said it was "appropriate" for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to withdraw his nomination to the Ethics Board of Appeals after comments he made last week about homosexuals.

"The mayor's action to withdraw my nomination was appropriate," Okino said in a statement. "In my overzealousness to respond to the allegations made against me by the testifiers (at) the committee meeting, I now realize that I may have unintentionally hurt the very people I was trying to help." Login for more...



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