Comments about ‘Gay marriage goes to final Hawaii House vote’

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Published: Friday, Nov. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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wendell
provo, UT

What a great time to be an American. It is such a wonderful thing to see the progress this country is making. Every year, more and more states are approving marriage equality for all Americans, and it is making America an even better place to live. The day I married the man I love was amazing - unfortunately we had to drive to California to do it, but it was well worth it for us both. Hopefully, before too much longer, all tax-paying Americans will be able to marry the person they love, even here in the Beehive State. GO HAWAII!!!

Gene Poole
SLC, UT

Although there are some who are pleased with the outcome of this railroaded vote for same sex marriage, there is another portion of this bill that is ruinous to all Hawaiian citizens and if upheld in Hawaii, I am sure it will be introduced in every state until the Constitution does hang by a thread. That part of the bill is that if a religious body does not allow a same sex marriage ceremony to take place in any of there places of worship, that religious body can loose its right to practice it religion in the state of Hawaii. The State Attorney General actually had the audacity to claim that the bill is constitutional. I wonder where he went to law school. To restrict the practice of anyone's right to religious freedom is unconstitutional. Period. I don't care what the justification is.

Contrariusiest
mid-state, TN

2:07 AM, Hawaii passes the same-sex marriage bill with a vote of 30-19, with 2 excused.

Hoorah!

mauister
Wailuku, HI

David Louie, Hawaii's Attorney General went to law school at Bolt Hall College of Law (Berkeley), and Gene Poole, you are misquoting him. Don't make up the news, just comment on the news.

postaledith
Freeland, WA

Gene Poole: If you heard that on Fox News, you might want to try another network to get information. What is simply happening is that ALL people are getting the right to marry who they love. Pretty soon same-sex marriage will be legal in all states of our country and that is definitely something to look forward to. I hope it happens soon.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Gene Poole: Um - no, actually, the bill does not say that. In fact, the bill says exactly the opposite of that.

Contrariusiest
mid-state, TN

@Gene Poole --

"if a religious body does not allow a same sex marriage ceremony to take place in any of there places of worship, that religious body can loose its right to practice it religion in the state of Hawaii. "

That wild claim is completely untrue.

Here's the facts as reported by the NYT this morning:

"Churches and pastors already had the right to refuse weddings, but the House added provisions saying that churches and affiliated nonprofit groups would not be forced to rent facilities or provide services related to a same-sex wedding. "

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Great news for Hawaii. When will Utah allow equality in marriage for all it's citizens?

Contrarius
mid-state, TN

@Sneaky Jimmy --

"When will Utah allow equality in marriage for all it's citizens?"

I am betting it won't be all that long. There's already at least one lawsuit in the UT court system, and if that doesn't do it there are multiple legal challenges based on the Full Faith and Credit clause of the US Constitution that are currently in courts all across the country.

I have read that there are court cases in at least 20 states already -- and those will just keep spreading. :-)

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

"And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land."
Mosiah 29:26

Contrarius
mid-state, TN

@Mainly Me --

Try these instead:

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37

"If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world." John 12:47

"Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it." James 4:11

"And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man." John 5:27

"There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?" James 4:12

Judging is GOD's job. Not yours.

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

@mauister
Try Boalt Hall , not bolt hall!

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