Hawaii same-sex marriage debate goes to the pulpits

Hawaii News Now has a story focusing on debate of same-sex marriage in Hawaii coming from religious leaders. Bishop Larry Silva issued a letter against same-sex marriage. He told Hawaii News Now:

Marriage is an institution, not a person. And when we're talking about an institution, we have to be discriminating between what is true marriage and what is not true marriage.

The religious counterargument comes from an Episcopal priest:

"I think we all know God is love. But frankly, from his letter, I don't read a lot of love, either his or God's," said Rev. Liz Zivanov, rector at St. Clement's Episcopal Church in Makiki, in her Sunday morning sermon.

"Let me also remind the bishop and other conservative leaders that they do not represent all Christians. They do not. They are not better Christians than those of us who hold different beliefs," she told the congregation.

The exchange comes after religious leaders came out both for and against same-sex marriage, and after it was announced that the state legislature would not hold a special session to address the issue.

The article includes the TV broadcast of the debate.

Comments (1)

Marriage most certainly is an institution but it is also a legally binding contract sanctioned and enforced by the state. When I took business law in college sexual orientation was not one of the elements needed to enter into a contract and no where else in contract law does it matter as far as I know. Please enlighten me if I am wrong.

Richard Warren

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