Both sides rally on the first day of special session

Published On: Oct 28 2013 08:24:00 PM HST

More than 100 supporters of same-sex marriage tried to get their message out Monday morning, just minutes before the special session started.

Under the hot morning sun, supporters for marriage equality waved signs along Beretania Street trying to get support behind a passionate and heated issue.

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"Everyone deserves to be loved, to love each other and not have anyone tell them they can't get married," said Kristina Switzer, who supports same-sex marriage.

And that's the message they were trying to get across to lawmakeres so they'd vote in favor of Hawaii's Marriage Equality Act.

"We have to keep focused through every hearing, through every session," said Jo-Ann Adams.  "Through the next session until the governor signs the bill!"

For many couples, this special session is a sign of hope.  Nuuanu residents Jessica Maxfield and Courtney Daniels say they want to get married one day and don't want to leave the islands to exchange their vows.

"To be given that chance is something I've always wanted.  Having to go out of state or go out of country to do something as basic as commit to my partner, it's something I need to feel equal to be able to do that," said Daniels.

Many religious leaders also showed their support at the morning rally  They want to counteract recent television ads from the opposing side saying the bill would infringe on personal and churches' religious rights.

"It's a civil issue that's been made to be a religious issue and so that's why we have to be here to counter that thing," said Liz Zivanov of the Parish of St. Clement.  "As much as you can use the Bible to talk against it, believe me, you can use the Bible to talk for it."

Though it's a divisive issue, the opposing sides peacefully stood next to each other at the State Capitol waiting for the outcome of the special session.

Click here to watch Paul Drewes' live report.

A coalition of Hawaii churches are not only voicing their opposition to the Senate bill, which would legalize same-sex marriage.  They also want every resident to have a vote in this important issue.

"We don't want it to be decided by 77 people in the legislature.  We want it to go to vote that's why we're here," said Mililani resident Randy Kimura.

"What we're saying is let the people decide, because the majority want a marriage between a man and woman.  That's what God created," said Wahiawa resident Danny Glover.

The rally in opposition to same sex marriage lasted until 7 p.m. and many said they will be at the State Capitol every day during this special session to make sure their voices are heard.

PHOTOS: Special session on same-sex marriage

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