Sept. 15, 2004 – A man who was kicked out of the Hawaii State Library for looking at a LGBT website has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge a law that allows people to be kicked off public property. A security guard issued Carlos Hernandez a written warning on May 18 citing him for perusing a pornographic website. The site, Hernandez said, was www.gayhawaii.com, an informational site on events, real estate and services for the gay community.
After a written warning has been issued, the state law says the person cannot return to the area for up to one year. The law, which is aimed at squatters on campgrounds, beaches, and parks, has also been criticized by advocates for the homeless.