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Supporters, foes of Hawaii civil unions gather

HONOLULU (AP) — Advocates and opponents of legislation that would allow same- and opposite-gender couples to obtain civil unions are separately gathering in Honolulu.

Foes of the controversial measure expect more than 10,000 to attend a 2 p.m. rally Sunday at the State Capitol to voice their displeasure.

A half-hour later, the bill's supporters will hold an interfaith service at St. Clement's Episcopal Church.

Both sides are trying to influence legislators who convene for their 2010 session on Wednesday.

The bill has been stalled since last May in the state Senate, which could reconsider it as early as Friday.

It would grant same- and opposite-sex couples all the rights and benefits that state law provides to married opposite-sex couples.

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