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Hawaii judge says same-sex marriage challenge too soon

Thursday, November 7, 2013

HONOLULU — 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.

Bob McDermott

Bob McDermott

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.

Louie said the plain language of the state’s constitution gives lawmakers the option to restrict marriage if they want, as opposed to forcing the state to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples, as opponents to gay marriage argue.

Rep. Bob McDermott, a Republican who has fought the bill, tried to derail the measure by attempting to shut down the legislative session.

He says he will go back to court right away if a new law passes.

The House will vote on the bill Friday, then give it to the Senate for final approval before it’s sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. webon

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:32pm
  2. NOT TOO SOON…….WAY PAST DUE!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:33pm
  3. Dweeb

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:37pm
  4. It’s never too soon to give people rights.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:41pm
  5. i think, the judge is talking about blocking it at this time....being it hasn't totally passed yet.

    Replied on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:58am
  6. If not now, when? Do the right thing!!!! Sick of religion sticking their noses where they don’t belong!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:01pm
  7. The same thing was said about slavery and segregation. We cannot slow down progress to accommodate those that aren’t ready.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:19pm
  8. hey fatass..wake up..we’re not going anywhere…so get over yourself and ur religious beliefs and give us our civil rights..u PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:22pm
  9. Too soon for what?

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:23pm
  10. pompas ass what gives you the right to say that

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:25pm
  11. You don’t understand, folks… the judge said “too soon” to the attempt to block the legalization of marriage equality, not to the legalization, itself.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:29pm
  12. If he believes that then he is not qualified to be a judge

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:30pm
  13. Toe-tappers!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:43pm
  14. It is never “too soon” for equality.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:09am
  15. too soon for who?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:17am
  16. Why do all people with these kind of opinions always look so sad?
    Rhetoric Q

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:18am
  17. too soon because only 15 states have legalized it….he must be waiting for all 50.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:30am
  18. So much for being fiscally responsible

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:38am
  19. He’s absolutely right. It is way too soon to stop denying gay/lesbians equal rights. Because it is totally acceptable for one group of people’s religious beliefs to dictate the civil rights of another group. I am so sick of their bullshit excuses.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:46am
  20. How many times we have to go thru this stupid shit n this hate-filled state…Aloha my ass.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:02am
  21. COME ON ALREADY!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:16am
  22. um,but i am subjected to breeders daily..but thats ok..

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:18am
  23. Wasn’t this the rep that got verbally spanked by a Harvard professor?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:18am
  24. Why are people in this nation so dam stupid that they need to stop human rights of gay people? How too people love each other is no ones business !

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:23am
  25. Turd!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:51am
  26. And who is he to determine that? Where do these cockroaches come from? Be gone already!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:49am
  27. ohhhhhhhhhh for the LOVE OF GOD…..what are people so afraid of….NO ONE is wanting to take away anyone’s rights….they simply want & deserve the SAME rights as others.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:53am
  28. Awww

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 3:25am
  29. this man needs out of office. Period.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 3:43am