By Derrick DePledge
With a religious exemption emerging as an important factor in the debate over gay marriage at the Legislature, a symposium will be held next Wednesday evening at the state Capitol to examine the issue.
The symposium will be moderated by Avi Soifer, the dean of the University of Hawaii and Manoa law school. The panel will include James Hochberg, an attorney who represents religious conservatives; Lois Perrin, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii; and Andrea Freeman, a UH assistant law professor.
The symposium starts at 5:30 p.m. in the state Capitol auditorium.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has called lawmakers back in special session starting Oct. 28 to consider a gay marriage bill.