RELATING TO EQUAL RIGHTS. Report Title: Equal Rights Description: Recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex. Extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive. Effective 11/18/13. Companion:
Hawaiian attorney Jim Hochberg has focused on the dominant issues of Alliance Defending Freedom answers questions from Representative Bob McDermott during the committee hearing. “All it protects is a minister’s desire not to say the following words, which constitute the solemnization of a marriage, ‘by the power invested in me by the state of Hawai’i, I now pronounce you man and wife’. That’s it. That is the complete scope of the religious exemption. Every other part of a wedding ceremony, every other part of a wedding service, celebration, anniversary, baptism of children — all of that stuff is not exempt,” responded Jim Hochberg, president of Hawai’i Family Advocates.
Excerpt from Capitol TV