USA, Hawaii: Lawmakers, Religious Leaders Discuss Marriage Equality Bill Exemptions

Written by scott on October 12th, 2013

Hawaiian ChurchAs the special session to pass the marriage equality bill nears, religious leaders are hedging their bets.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Religious leaders in Hawaii have been meeting with state lawmakers about a religious exemption in pending gay marriage legislation, balancing their opposition to the bill with trying to protect their interests as much as possible should it pass. Leaders trying to strengthen the exemptions still mainly want to persuade the Legislature to vote down the measure, reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser… The current draft exempts religious organizations and related facilities from hosting gay marriages if the facilities aren’t used primarily as for-profit businesses.

Do you support exemptions for religious groups, and if so, how far should they go? If not, why?

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lucinda says:

    That is a good question. There is already protection in the Constitution so that churches don’t have to marry anyone if they so choose. I thought this article highlighted the problem with the words “protect their interests”. Those who seek exempts don’t have the interests of others at heart, they have their own interests firmly embedded there. I agree with the Constitution. Churches should not be forced to marry couples. That is where I draw the line. It saddens and appalls me to think that churches and religious persons want protections to discriminate. How would we, or they, have felt if the discussion was about including Black Americans or interracial couples?

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