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Religious exemption expanded in same-sex marriage bill draft

The governor issues an updated version of the draft legislation on gay nuptials that addresses churches

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2013

~~<p>Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday released the latest draft of a gay marriage bill and invited state lawmakers to offer feedback over the next week before he decides on a special session.</p>
<p>The latest draft, prepared by the state Attorney General&rsquo;s Office in collaboration with the governor&rsquo;s staff and lawmakers, expands the religious exemption for clergy and churches. Several lawmakers have said that the scope of the religious exemption is the most critical issue being raised about the bill.</p>
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday released the latest draft of a gay marriage bill and invited state lawmakers to offer feedback over the next week before he decides on a special session.

The latest draft, prepared by the state Attorney General’s Office in collaboration with the governor’s staff and lawmakers, expands the religious exemption for clergy and churches. Several lawmakers have said that the scope of the religious exemption is the most critical issue being raised about the bill. Login for more...



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