LGBTQ Nation reports:
A Hawaii judge on Thursday ruled the state’s brand new gay marriage law is legal, despite a challenge saying voters thought they barred same-sex marriage 15 years ago in the state constitution. Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto said the 1998 amendment didn’t force the Legislature to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Sakamoto says it doesn’t factor into lawmakers’ ability to allow gay couples to wed. GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott, who filed a lawsuit to derail the special session, is seeking to have the marriage equality law overturned. “Same-sex marriage in Hawaii is legal,” Sakamoto ruled after hearing arguments for more than an hour from the state attorney general and a Republican lawmaker who voted against the bill in the House last week.
This means couples can start to marry in just over two weeks in Hawaii. It’s a great Christmas present for the LGBT community in the state, and for the many gay and lesbian visitors will surely flock there to get married.