Beware of attempts to lump all churches together

The Maui News has been running an ad paid for by several church groups opposing same-gender marriage. I commend the changing of the wording of the ad so as to not taint all the churches on Maui as being in favor of discrimination. The ad, as originally printed, was an insult to those churches who do support the pending legislation and only further groups together churches as organizations who are against same-gender marriage.

On Sept. 2, the Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, bishop of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii, wrote a compelling letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and various members of the Legislature in support of this pending legislation. He referenced the fact that the Episcopal Church is signatory to “Religious Leaders Support the Freedom to Marry in Hawaii” statement which was signed by many interfaith leaders in this state. A copy of these documents can be obtained from the Episcopal Diocese website (

Marriage began as a social contract so that men could acquire property. Nothing sacred there. It evolved over the years and has evolved into something altogether different. But let’s not forget how it began. God does not discriminate in his love for all mankind. God loves each and every one of us. People can disagree, but to insinuate that all churches are against something is deceptive. My church (and many others) welcomes everyone and makes no excuses for it. Please do not lump all churches together.

Laurie Guard