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After 'intense debate,' Hawaii lawmakers vote to defer suicide bill

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The House Health Committee of the Hawaii Legislature March 23 unanimously voted to defer a bill that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

The move by the seven-member committee, which took place after hours of what new reports described as "intense debate," essentially means no further action will be taken on the measure this session.

Hawaii Senate vote advances assisted suicide bill modeled on Oregon law

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The Hawaii Senate voted overwhelmingly March 7 to advance a bill permitting physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

Called the "Medical Aid in Dying" bill, S.B. 1129 passed with 22 votes in favor, three against. Two of the affirmative votes were cast "with reservations." The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives where it will be debated and voted on in committee before going before the full body.

Honolulu bishop calls same-sex marriage a 'manufactured civil right'

Following a special session of the Hawaii Legislature that for two weeks turned the state Capitol into high-spirited exhibition of populous democracy, Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed the bill causing all the commotion and made Hawaii the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva, who had vigorously opposed the legislation, called same-sex marriage a "manufactured civil right" that is "symptomatic of a profound misunderstanding of the purpose of human sexuality."

Hawaii bishop urges Catholics to mobilize against same-sex marriage

Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu urged Catholics across the island state to oppose same-sex marriage in an "urgent request" to pastors.

In a letter that was included in parish bulletins the weekend of Aug. 24-25, Silva asked Catholics to pray the rosary daily over the next several weeks, "if possible" while walking around the state Capitol block, "so that just as God tumbled down the walls of Jericho, he will be able to do so through the prayers and action of his beloved people."

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