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Hawaii churches look for marriage bill loopholesUPDATED 7:36 PM HST Oct 23, 2013Video Transcript
Local churches are examining the "equity bill" that would allow same sex marriage.. And some are looking for OUTS! KITV4's Catherine Cruz has the possible fallout from the controversial special session that's less than a week away.. St Andrews, Kawaiahao. Central Union , St Peters and Calvery by- the Sea -- just a few churches who rely on Japanese weddings to supplement chruch offerings Church leaders are closing watching the language in the bill to see how it may get amended. and they are prepared to do some soul searching. 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 church bottom lines. But they might have to choose between dollar values and religious values under the equality bill crafted by Judiciary chairman Clayton Hee. Clayton Hee 234: 2: 44 -"If you are doing weddings for a profit the senate proosal holds you accountable to the present system which has been in place since 2006, of the public accomodations law. The accomodations act OUTLAWS discrimination. 4:24 4:37 - "We have aln opportunity to strike a reasonable balance between the religious community and those who support same gender marraige," - cruz 24:07-24:13 -" Every month we are told there are 50 weddings conducted here at central union church.Most are destination weddings," Time to panic? The head pastor says it's more like wait and see. - David Hirono 17:42- 17:59 18:12 - -"The United Chruch 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," Hirono says once the committee makes a reccommendation it will take it to its members. But Hirono says that will only happen once lawmakers decide what to do in next week's special session. Senator Hee noted that language in the 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. - Clayton Hee545 5 53: -"The bill said itself very explicitedly that any further changes will be made by the elected representatives That first hearing on the senate equity bill is set for Monday at 10:30 am in the capitol auditorium.