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Never forget the value of freedom of religions

By Colette Y. Machado

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2013

~~<p>The nation is watching Hawaii as our Legislature engages in a special session that Gov. Neil Abercrombie called to debate his proposed law to enact same-sex marriage. The bill threatens to breach the sanctuary of sacred boundaries long protected in this country. Houses of worship and similar religious organizations will be subject to legal penalty for not hosting same-sex ceremonies. The only way to avoid this penalty is to close the doors to non-members hoping to be married on their grounds.</p>
<p>When compared with the other 10 or so states that have enacted same-sex marriage, Hawaii's proposal takes one's breath away. No other state forces churches, synagogues and mosques to host same-sex weddings against conscience and doctrine.</p>
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The nation is watching Hawaii as our Legislature engages in a special session that Gov. Neil Abercrombie called to debate his proposed law to enact same-sex marriage. The bill threatens to breach the sanctuary of sacred boundaries long protected in this country. Houses of worship and similar religious organizations will be subject to legal penalty for not hosting same-sex ceremonies. The only way to avoid this penalty is to close the doors to non-members hoping to be married on their grounds.

When compared with the other 10 or so states that have enacted same-sex marriage, Hawaii's proposal takes one's breath away. No other state forces churches, synagogues and mosques to host same-sex weddings against conscience and doctrine. Login for more...



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