It is a scene played out in front at churches around the state.
The Japanese wedding business is a lucrative one and some congregations have embraced it as a way to help churches' bottom lines.
But they might have to choose between dollar values and religious values under the equality bill crafted by Judiciary chairman Clayton Hee.
"If you are doing weddings for a profit, the Senate proposal holds you accountable to the present system, which has been in place since 2006, of the public accommodations law,” said Sen. Hee.
The accommodations act outlaws discrimination.
"We have an opportunity to strike a reasonable balance between the religious community and those who support same-gender marriage," Hee said,
Every month, there are about 50 weddings conducted here at Central Union church. Most are destination weddings.
So is the church worried about choosing between Japanese and same -sex weddings?
The head pastor said the church is taking a wait-and-see approach.
"The United Church of Christ is all over the place on this issue nationally as well as here. There are some who are against same sex marriage and others who are open to it but each church has to make that decision," said Rev. David Hirano.
Hirano says once the church committee makes a recommendation it will take it to its members.
But, Hirano says that will only happen once lawmakers decide what to do in next week's special session.
Sen. Hee noted that language in the original bill that sent the same sex issue to the voters in 1998 could put a damper on those hoping to get the issue back on the ballot.
"The bill said itself very explicitly that any further changes will be made by the elected representatives, said Hee.
The first hearing on the Senate bill will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the state Capitol.