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Hawaii Religious Leaders Sign Gay Marriage Appeal

by Oskar Garcia
Tuesday Aug 20, 2013

More than two dozen Hawaii faith leaders of various religions signed a resolution Monday calling the state to pass a law legalizing gay marriage.

Jewish, Unitarian, Methodist and other leaders read and signed the poster-sized declaration at an interfaith brunch at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.

"It's all about standing on the right side of history," said Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong of the First Unitarian Church.

Kwong said the groups would continue to press on the issue until more people are in favor of gay marriage.

"We will keep doing it until we're all prayed out," Kwong said.

The resolution asks Hawaii lawmakers to extend civil marriage benefits to same-sex couples. Hawaii currently has a civil unions law, but some say it doesn't go far enough in fully recognizing couples as married.

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  • Bob K, 2013-08-21 04:37:40

    With the mormons taking no official role due to the Prop 8 publicity disaster, the catholic bishops will have to defend bigotry on their own. I am still amazed that Gay people and their friends/relatives attend catholic churches without making a huge fuss over the hate.

  • Wayne M., 2013-08-21 23:29:35

    This is the kind of news we need to hear more often. Frankly, I am sick and tired of hearing of the religious right and those who use religion for the purpose of justifying fear-mongering, hate and homophobia when there are many more Christian and other religious leaders and groups who are our allies and supporters.

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