Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters rally at state capitol

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:21:03 AM HST
Updated On: Oct 28 2013 06:37:57 AM HST

Supporters of same sex marriage gathered at the State Capitol in a rally for marriage equality, while parishioners at Our Lady of Peace gathered for Sunday Mass and discussed concerns of marriage equality.

HONOLULU -

Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters filled the state capitol rotunda Sunday afternoon as lawmakers get set to tackle the controversial same sex marriage bill on Monday.

The blue and yellow flags were in the air, rows of seats were full, the people at the state capitol say it's all for equality.

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"We know the hearings going to be long we are going to hear horrible things said about our community which are not true but we need something to grasp onto as we move forward in the next week and a half," said Michael Golojuch Jr., chair of the LGBT caucus.

Out since 1965 at 70 years of age, Scott Foster says getting the same federal benefits as a married couple would be a dream come true.

"Social Security retirement benefits all of the things our straight community takes for granted. When we get in trouble and don't have the where with all to help our loved ones we have no resources," said Foster.

Important resources that pregnant Valerie Smith worries about. The bill getting passed for her means her child will be born in a state that recognizes her family.

"I wouldn't want my child to feel like his family was invisible at school and I think you have to be realistic and deal with what is. Families come in all different shapes and sizes," said Smith.  

"Showing them that their mothers are together because we want to be together that's what makes a family and a marriage," said Stacy Fujieda.

Supporters of the same-sex marriage bill will be back rallying at the state capitol rallying at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

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