Faith-based groups rally to support same-sex marriage

Faith-based groups gathered to send a message to lawmakers Monday.

More than 30 representatives of these groups signed a resolution in support of marriage equality.

This comes after Hawaii’s congressional delegation urged Governor Niel Abercrombie and the state Legislature to pass the freedom to marry in Hawaii.

“I’m here today in total support of the freedom of all persons who love each other in a committed relationship to be able to marry,” Reverend Barbara Grace Ripple said.

“The Catholic Church has always been opposed to gay marriage,” Honolulu Diocese Bishop Larry Silva said. “We believe that marriage is only between one man and one woman and that really is a revelation that’s given to us by the Lord.”

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriages.

Hawaii has a civil union law, but does not allow same-sex marriages.

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