Hawaii’s legislature, fed up with constant demands from the so-called “birthers” movement for multiple copies of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, moved Tuesday to allow the state to ignore future requests.
The birthers, driven by right-wing extremism and racism, claim Obama is not a natural-born American citizen — a requirement to run for President. Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino has twice confirmed that Hawaii birth records prove Obama was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father and American mother.
Obama’s birth record has also been verified by independent news sources and other agencies but this has not stopped the birthers from sending in 10 to 20 emails a week demanding copies of the birth certificate.
The new law creates an exemption in the state’s public records law and allows state officials to ignore duplicate and/or excessive requests.
Gov. Linda Lingle is expected to sign the bill.
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