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ISLAND VOICES: SPECIAL SESSION ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE


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Marriage bill is fair, and clergy rights are preserved

By Vanessa Chong

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2013

~~<p>Each of us has the fundamental and constitutional right to practice our religion as we see fit. Freedom of religion is one of our most cherished, shared values, and it protects all of us. For Hawaii, in particular, it is in keeping with our long-standing tradition of respect for the diversity in our community while staying true to our commitment to fairness, dignity and equality for all people.</p>
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<p>We uphold these principles for good reason: With freedom for all, everyone can flourish. We may not all agree about marriage for same-sex couples, but the proposed marriage equality law appropriately protects religious freedom.</p>
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Each of us has the fundamental and constitutional right to practice our religion as we see fit. Freedom of religion is one of our most cherished, shared values, and it protects all of us. For Hawaii, in particular, it is in keeping with our long-standing tradition of respect for the diversity in our community while staying true to our commitment to fairness, dignity and equality for all people.

We uphold these principles for good reason: With freedom for all, everyone can flourish. We may not all agree about marriage for same-sex couples, but the proposed marriage equality law appropriately protects religious freedom. Login for more...



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