Hawaii religious leaders sign gay marriage appeal

More than two dozen Hawaii faith leaders of various religions signed a resolution Monday calling the state to pass a law legalizing gay marriage.Jewish, Unitarian, Methodist and other leaders read and signed the poster-sized declaration at an interfaith brunch at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.”Its all about standing on the right side of history,” said Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong of the First Unitarian Church.Kwong said the groups would continue to press on the issue until more people are in favor of gay marriage.”We will keep doing it until were all prayed out,” Kwong said.The resolution asks Hawaii lawmakers to extend civil marriage benefits to same-sex couples. Hawaii currently has a civil unions law, but some say it doesnt go far enough in fully recognizing couples as married.The church leaders say civil recognition of the relationships is a matter of fairness.The gathering, organized by Hawaii United for Marriage, comes one day after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser http://bit.ly/16pSCRs that its very likely there will be a special session to take up the issue.Abercrombie told the newspaper that hes more concerned that any bill is legally sound than about timing. The Legislature begins its normal session in January.

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