The Hawaii Pastors Roundtable, which represents more than 200 congregations and more 175,000 parishioners, issued a statement on Monday opposing gay marriage.
The pastors said they are committed to God's plan from Genesis in the Bible. State lawmakers will take up a gay marriage bill in special session starting this week.
From the roundtable:
With aloha for all the people of Hawaii, we, the Hawaii Pastors Roundtable, are fully committed to God's plan found in Genesis 1:27-28 and elsewhere in the Bible that marriage is a lifelong commitment between one woman and one man. We also declare that The Bible is God's Word and that is the highest law in the land.
We are faced with one of the most divisive issues of our time with Same Sex Marriage. And although our hearts are broken by the strife and conflict caused by this controversial debate, we are also compelled by our love for the people of Hawaii to uphold God’s original design, marriage between one woman and one man, which best promotes healthy families and a stable society.
We affirm that people with same-sex attraction are a part of our community and they deserve dignity and respect. As this very important discussion continues at the Legislature, in the public square, and in homes all across our State, let us remember to treat each other with kindness and compassion.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24