Same-sex marriage opponents react to bill signing

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Statement of Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu Regarding the passage of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill in the State Legislature

It is very sad that many of our State legislators and our Governor have confused a manufactured civil right with a true civil right based on the centuries-old respect for marriage as a stable union between one man and one woman established and publicly recognized primarily for the welfare of children. This manufactured world view is not what God, our Maker, has revealed to us, and it is symptomatic of a profound misunderstanding of the purpose of human sexuality.

This misunderstanding is manifested, not only in this legislation, but in the many ways that we all fail to live as God has designed us. We pray that we will be able to restore marriage and family to their true place in God's plan for humanity.

I want to thank all who worked so hard to express their opposition to the same-sex marriage legislation, who prayed diligently, and who contacted their legislators. May God bless you all!

We pray for all the people of our State, especially for those who supported this bill. Though we disagree profoundly, may we live in peace with one another.

Statement of Hawaii Family Advocates on the Governor's Signing of SB1 HD1 into law

Governor and Legislature Ignore Overwhelming Opposition to Redefining Marriage by Passing Bill to Redefine Marriage to Include Same Gender Partners

A recent poll conducted by Hawaii Family Advocates (HFA) confirmed that nearly 3 in 4 residents of Hawaii believe that same-sex "marriage" should have been decided by the people and not the legislature. The rally held at the capitol on October 28th drew 10,000 participants repeatedly chanting "let the people decide on marriage.

" The overwhelming testimony in opposition at recent hearings provide strong confirmation. For 8 straight hours on November 6th, hundreds of opponents chanted outside the House chambers for the right to vote on the issue. We are strongly disappointed that our state legislature, and the Governor, have ignored the will of the people.

"People of Hawaii, like most Americans, know that marriage is the only relationship that is essential to the future of humanity," said Jim Hochberg, president of HFA. "Lawmakers in Hawaii should have put their effort into doing everything in their power to strengthen marriage – an idea with which their constituents overwhelmingly agree."

"Marriage, a unique union of a man and woman, is one of our most basic human relationships. Government didn't invent marriage, which has been upheld all throughout history, cultures, and faiths. It transcends every political system and its rights come from nature and nature's God, not the government."

Passage of this flawed legislation converts marriage from an institution centered on the needs of children to an institution focused on the desires of adults. The rhetorical arguments used to defend same-sex "marriage" can also be used to defend any voluntary relationship imaginable and we believe that this legislature got it wrong by passing SB1!

"Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that our children need a mother and a father to best grow up to be civilized adults. Redefining marriage does not simply expand the existing understanding of marriage; it rejects these truths," said Mr. Hochberg. "We will continue to put our efforts into holding this legislature personally responsible for the inadequacies in this new law that do nothing to protect our fundamental right to religious liberty."