USA, Hawaii: Judge Says It’s Too Soon for Lawsuit Over Marriage Equality Bill

Written by scott on November 8th, 2013

HawaiiA Republican attempt to stop the marriage equality bill in its tracks in court failed yesterday when the judge said they have to wait until the bill is actually passed and signed into law.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A Hawaii judge has rejected a move to block lawmakers from legalizing gay marriage in a special session, but said he’ll hear the challenge if a law is passed. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto on Thursday said many voters might have thought they were voting to narrowly limit marriage when they voted on a constitutional amendment in 1998. According to the lawsuit, the wording in the instructions said: “A ‘yes’ vote would add a new provision to the Constitution that would give the Legislature the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples only.” But Attorney General David Louie said last month that amendment gave the Legislature the power to decide whether to limit marriage, and that lawmakers “unquestionably” have the constitutional authority to consider and enact a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Hawaii House will vote for the final time on the marriage equality bill sometime later today. Then it goes back to the Senate for a re-vote, probably Tuesday.

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