Equality Hawaii, which advocates for social justice and fairness, has endorsed state Rep. Mark Takai for the U.S. Congress.

“Equality Hawaii is proud to support Mark Takai for Congress,” said Equality Hawaii Action Fund Chair Jacce Mikulanec. ”The courage and leadership he demonstrated in helping to pass marriage equality last year earned him the gratitude and respect of our Board.”

Equality Hawaii led the fight to pass same-sex marriage last year. Takai opposed civil unions in 2010 and in 2011 but supported marriage equality legislation in 2013.

State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, who leads the race for CD1 in recent polls, voted against marriage equality.

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Photo: Rep. Mark Takai. (PF Bentley/Civil Beat)

—Chad Blair