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Supporters, opponents rally at state Capitol

By Sarah Zoellick

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LAST UPDATED: 01:19 p.m. HST, Oct 28, 2013


More than 100 supporters of gay marriage gathered for a rally at the Capitol this morning to kick off the state's special session.

Senators are hearing testimony on a bill to legalize same sex marriage. Later on this week, community members will have a chance to speak before House lawmakers.

There is a "Say No To Same Sex" rally planned at the Capitol beginning at 4 p.m.

At this morning's rally, many supporters donned rainbow lei as those who gathered chanted, cheered, and sang for what they describe is the civil rights issue of this generation.

Clergy read lines from Dr. Martin Luther King's pledge to nonviolence that he took with marchers in 1963, including the vows to sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free and refrain from violence of fist, tongue, and heart.

"We are within days of making history here in Hawaii but our job's not over yet, not even close," Rep. Chris Lee (D, Kailua-Lanikai-Waimanalo) told the crowd. "We are almost home, we are yards from the finish line."

Sen. Roz Baker (D, Honokohau-Makena) took to the podium to express that the emails she has received in opposition to the bill have distressed her.

"It's not right, it's not pono, and it does not have a place here in Hawaii," she said.

Jo-Ann Adams, chairwoman of the GLBT Caucus of the Democratic Party, encouraged the crowd to refrain from verbally engaging those the opposition to the bill and to instead display kindness.







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kuewa wrote:
Those of us who are not into same sex relationships are presumably already saying no to having same sex relationships. However, there is no cogent, non-religion-based reason why their preferences should limit the preferences of those who prefer same sex relationships. Even the religion-based arguments appear questionable when one considers the older versions of text that was edited and moralized before being included in the KJ Bible.
on October 28,2013 | 02:04PM
RandyC73 wrote:
I'm against same sex marriage but I think time has changed! If a male wants to be with a male or a woman wants to be with another woman than the state and everyone else should accept it! But I also feel they shouldn't force church's to accept it if it's against their religion! So let it be a state thing and not a church or religion issue! LET THE PEOPLE OF OUR STATE AND OUR COUNTRY LIVE HOW THEY WANT WITHOUT PREJUDICE AND LET THE CHURCH DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT TO ACCEPT THEM OR NOT AND NOT BE FORCED TO ACCEPT THE STATES APPROVAL OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE!!!!!!
on October 28,2013 | 02:23PM
kuewa wrote:
Nobody is proposing to require churches to recognize or perform same-sex marriage. You may be confusing this with the public accommodation clause which requires that commercial facilities operated by churches that are available to the public would also be available to same-sex couples. In some cases, these facilities are rented out to non-church members for marriage ceremonies, which could lead to a requirement that these facilities should also be available for same-sex marriages; however, places of worship are excluded in the proposal.
on October 28,2013 | 02:42PM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Randy, we all wish it would be that easy. We would not have to worry about any of this if the government could recognize a "Civil Union" as having the same benefits as that of the states laws and statutes.
on October 28,2013 | 05:04PM
Fred01 wrote:
All of the "opponents" will surely rot in hell for their hatred.
on October 28,2013 | 02:26PM
pakeheat wrote:
I guess you are god so you can send them to rot in hell, LOL
on October 28,2013 | 04:35PM
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