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Pastors in support of same-sex marriage confronted by protesters

By Pat Gee

LAST UPDATED: 09:35 p.m. HST, Nov 06, 2013

Forty Christian pastors who are in favor of legalized same-sex marriage and about 60 of their supporters linked raised arms and sang "Amazing Grace" after being confronted at the state Capitol rotunda by opponents of the bill being discussed today by House lawmakers.

The gay-marriage opponents tried to shout down the pastors who were holding a news conference at noon at the rotunda.

Protesters with bullhorns and carrying a Hawaii Family Advocates banner and Hawaiian flags surrounded the clergy meeting, overwhelming the group with a non-stop chant of "Let the people vote!"  

The Rev. Jonipher Kupono Kwong of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu said the pastors wanted legislators who are undecided on marriage equality to know that not all religious leaders are against gay marriage, in spite of the avalanche of protest at the Capitol.

He said, "Those behind me represent just some of the Christian denominations and they are here to tell you unequivocally that it's not God against gays. It's God against homophobia or discrimination against any of God's children." 

The Rev. Walter Brownridge, dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrews, said, "I started the song to counter the chanting ... It got a little ugly." 

Opponents left the news conference five minutes later, but continued to be a vocal presence in the rotunda throughout the afternoon as lawmakers debated various amendments to the same-sex marriage bill in the House chamber.

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kaleo_1 wrote:
Read the headline, what are "protestoes"?
on November 6,2013 | 01:34PM
kaleo_1 wrote:
I guess the edited it pretty quickly. . .lol
on November 6,2013 | 01:36PM
Kahu Matu wrote:
What kind of pastors are these? Not Christian I would suppose as Jesus sternly opposes homosexuality and the entire Christian Bible condemns it. Must be GLBT pastors.
on November 6,2013 | 07:29PM
justin_thyme wrote:
Kahu Matu, you are SO wrong! Jesus said NOT ONE WORD against same-gender relationships or homosexuality! Read ANY of the many versions of the New Testament and you will see NOTHING (allegedly) said by Jesus concerning same-gender relationships. Please take your bigoted attitudes somewhere else. We don't need this prejudiced, sanctimonious, and hateful attitude in our Hawai'i ne. Aloha is the guiding principle here.
on November 6,2013 | 09:11PM
kuniagirl wrote:
They're the ones who follow Jesus. BTW, has anyone made the Kahu Mahu joke yet?
on November 6,2013 | 09:59PM
Mypualani wrote:
I know yeah that is what I thought at first, had to look twice. but after reading I knew wasn't one Mahu.
on November 7,2013 | 12:04AM
kuniagirl wrote:
Stone them, right? That's the kind Christian you are.
on November 6,2013 | 10:06PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
on November 6,2013 | 02:27PM
innocentBystander wrote:
Combination of protestors and potatoes. Sort of appropriate, actually. ;o)
on November 6,2013 | 02:30PM
Mypualani wrote:
Potato heads
on November 7,2013 | 12:04AM
allie wrote:
Business as usual where the leg. rips off the public behind their back has collapsed as the people are aroused and knowledgeable. Wish this happened more.
on November 6,2013 | 03:04PM
copperwire9 wrote:
You would.
on November 6,2013 | 06:20PM
kuniagirl wrote:
Medication time.
on November 6,2013 | 10:00PM
Mypualani wrote:
on November 7,2013 | 12:05AM
Mediocrates wrote:
I honestly cannot say if these anti-gay bigots are more ignorant of their own faith or of government. Their testimony and "arguments" will make you either cringe or laugh and either way you are left just scatching your head. With compassion I can certainly understand that if I were that ignorant of government and religion at the same time, I'd be extremely confused and upset too probably but that is no good excuse for their aggressive behavior. It speaks to the character of themselves, their pastors and their church communities to see that they are aggressive in their ignorance rather than humble and more over astoundingly confident and idolotrous in their certainty that they know the mind of God. If heaven is filled with these sorts of people - I honestly don't want to go there.
on November 6,2013 | 01:39PM
allie wrote:
Ignorance is in the eye of the beholder hon
on November 6,2013 | 03:05PM
kainalu wrote:
These anti-gay so-called "Christians" were ANGRILY shouting down Pastors from other Christian denominations. Are you kidding me, dude? Would Jesus have been a part of the group shouting, or part of the group singing?
on November 6,2013 | 03:59PM
JBS wrote:
Kainalu...there's no use to dialogue with allie. He/She never backs up his/her statements with facts. Just surprised he/she actually, well almost, typed a whole sentence.
on November 6,2013 | 04:07PM
Oahuan wrote:
They're false prophets. Jesus said have nothing to do with them.
on November 6,2013 | 04:16PM
syhud wrote:
The anti's and opponents got their backs against the wall. Getting desperate already!
on November 6,2013 | 01:58PM
false wrote:
Shouting down those from other churches. Shameful act.
on November 6,2013 | 02:21PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
God bless you, Rev. Kwong.
on November 6,2013 | 02:21PM
pakeheat wrote:
correct that GooglyMoogly, "god" bless Rev. Kwong
on November 6,2013 | 03:45PM
kuniagirl wrote:
I think that I need to make a donation to Mitch Kahle to get New Hope out of the public schools. And I detest the guy.
on November 6,2013 | 02:38PM
Mypualani wrote:
How can I help! Kuniagirl.
on November 7,2013 | 12:08AM
honupono wrote:
Jesus walked amongst the outcasts, the lepers and the untouchables. His entire life on earth was solely to take away the sins of the world by living LOVE to all that will hear him. For those who repent and allow God to be the only judge. No one person's belief is more important than God's. If you have faith, then let God's love in your heart. Love is the answer.
on November 6,2013 | 02:40PM
Mypualani wrote:
Thank you for that honupono.
on November 7,2013 | 12:09AM
thanks4reading wrote:
man has battled one another for centuries in defense of his "religion"/superstition. This is just a continuation of that trend. As John Lennon once sung "Imagine if there was not religion".
on November 6,2013 | 03:19PM
Oahuan wrote:
Jesus said to be aware of false prophets. That's what they are. Pretending to be Christians preaching Gos acceptance of same sex marriage.
on November 6,2013 | 04:14PM
honupono wrote:
Jesus would be the first one with this gays. And for the record, the episcopal church via the Anglican church of England has been around a lot longer than the opponents so called denominations. Queen Emma was a proud Episcopalean. So get your facts straight.
on November 6,2013 | 04:36PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Sorry. But Jesus most likely would have done what He did before. First, he'd tell the protesters to go ahead and keep condemning if they were not guilty of sinning themselves. Shamefully, reminded that they were no better or worse than anyone else, they'd move away. Next, He would remind the gays that He loved them, and didn't accuse them, and they should go and sin no more. Christ does not change. What He did before, He would do again.
on November 6,2013 | 06:55PM
Mypualani wrote:
No the false prophets are those who lie steal and covet, Much like stealing from the DOE when they rent space and lie about the time they are there, oh and putting people in positions of power.
on November 7,2013 | 12:12AM
jotobuddy23 wrote:
I'm against gay marriage and for traditional marriage. I'm against rail and for more highways, lanes and roads. I'm against Obamacare because I didn't believe the mantra that said if I liked my current healthcare I could keep it. I acquiesce. Sometimes when we know what the outcome is - and we know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that gay marriage, Obamacare and Rail will prevail - its time to move on and fight battles that we can win. I'm almost convinced that times have changed. However Let's regroup and win elections. That's the only way to affect change that matters to us, at least on a national level.
on November 6,2013 | 05:13PM
MichaelG wrote:
A sad day to see how people are behaving. The KKK is alive and well in Hawaii. The opponents are using the same tatics as the KKK did in opposing interacial marriage....they use the bible, religion, and fear to promote their bigoted views. If the people were allowed to vote on interracial marriage, women's right to vote, and other issues, it would all fail.
on November 6,2013 | 07:00PM
slink wrote:
Well said, Michael.
on November 6,2013 | 07:40PM
localguy wrote:
Truly religion is a crutch for weak minded individuals. So many of them in the Nei, totally lost souls..........
on November 6,2013 | 08:07PM
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