USA, Hawaii: Judge Shuts Down Lawsuit Against Marriage Equality Law

Written by scott on November 15th, 2013

HawaiiWell, that was fast. The lawsuit that Republican lawmakers had brought against the newly passed marriage equality law in Hawaii was thrown out of court the same day.

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.

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