HAWAII IN THE NEWS- Same Sex Marriage Issue
SAME SEX MARRIAGE DEBATE GOING ON IN HAWAII SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION
5,181 people have registered to speak before the Hawaii State House. Public testimony continues after 14 hours on Thursday and 13 hours on Friday with 2 minute limit testimonies of supporters and opponents to Senate Bill 1, SB-1, which if passed will legalize same sex marriage in Hawaii.
Neighbor islanders from the major islands holding numbers 3,000+ were pushed up in the queue to catch their flights home Friday afternoon, many waiting from Thursday to testify against the proposed bill to legalize same sex marriage. A good number of people came from Moloka’i to participate in this important democratic/political process. They came to represent their strong voice of opposition of many Native Hawaiians from their island. Three sisters brought the Aloha Spirit from Moloka’i and sang their message and praises to God. Others reminded the audience of Hawaii’s constitution and culture based upon a strong moral foundation. Many followers of the Christian faith waited long hours through the afternoon and evening hours for their turn to speak on behalf of their families, churches, schools, and communities.
Unlike Governor Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii Senate, the House is not ‘rushing the bill’ in this special session which was expected to last 5 days, primarily to push SB-1 and make it legal. It appears that the combined voices of the citizenry which includes voters who are working people, parents, professional people, educators, doctors, nurses, lawyers, judges, pastors and other Christian leaders will stall the Senate’s version of SB-1 to be revised to be more accommodating to the religious community that opposes performing same sex marriages. Interestingly, there was thunder and lightning over Hawaii when the testimonies began on Thursday. Some say God was speaking from heaven, but the message from Him was not clear to everyone. May we honor God and our State motto, “The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness” Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono- God’s righteousness. (I am a 5th generation Native Hawaiian whose ancestors were from Ni’ihau.)
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Posted on November 2, 2013, in America and tagged Hawaii Special Legislative Session and Senate Bill to legalize same sex marriage, Hawaii's people speak on same-sex marriage, Moloka'i Sisters At the Legislature, Opposers of SSM far outnumber supporters, Same Sex Marriage Debate, The Voice of Hawaii's people. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.