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Hawaii attorneys want judge to dismiss challenge to same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Hawaii

Marco Garcia, AP
The first couples to take advantage of Hawaii’s new found law allowing same-sex couples to marry line up for a group picture at the Sheraton Waikiki, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Honolulu. The couples are, from left, Keola Akana and Ethan Wung; Gary Bradley and Paul Perry; Shaun Campbell and Tony Singh; Donna Gedge and Monica Montgomery; Saralyn Morales and Isajah Morales; and Richard Rosehill and Shawna P. Okami.

HONOLULU — State attorneys are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging Hawaii’s new gay marriage law.

State attorneys argue hundreds of recently married same-sex couples shouldn’t have a legal challenge lingering over them, reports The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, with gay couples starting to get marriage licenses on Dec. 2.

Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott and others are challenging the law, arguing that a 1998 state constitutional amendment limited marriage to opposite-sex couples.

Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto previously turned down McDermott’s request for a court order to bar the state from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The state lawyers cite that ruling in arguing that the lawsuit should be thrown out.

Sakamoto is scheduled to hear their request on Jan. 29.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. Long live love in all forms! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:03pm
  2. Them Repubs need to get over their own beliefs, didn’t we separate church and state for those reasons! This is the Aloha State, let’s start acting like it

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:27pm
  3. Ms Miyashiro is Christianity a Church or are they members of many different church which have the right to speak out against something they don't belief in??

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:44pm
  4. Religion has a right not to hold same sex marriages in their church buildings. Government is secular however, and the Constitution forbids the creation of secular laws which are respecting any establishments of religion. In other words, it is a secular marriage law, what an established church or established religion thinks or doesn't think about it is a moot point. Laws are decided for the good of all the people, not the mere dogmatic whims of one or another pushy religion's opinions at the expense of all the people who do not buy into their religious doctrines and agendas.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 8:45pm
  5. The have to remember what say de supreme Court

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:32am
  6. Mr Agamez The Federal Supreme Court findings came because there was no one fighting for the DOMA Law. The DOJ Lawyer refused to defend the law. here is also something you might need to read about the power of the Federal Supreme Court: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17247-americans-for-limited-government-calls-nullification-unconstitutional

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:54pm
  7. Good luck with that

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:13am
  8. Dan Prieto, go suck a dick, you closet case fag!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 8:06am
  9. If they wanna suffer like the rest of us. Then bless em lol…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 2:26pm
  10. When will the taxpayers of HI demand their Republican “representatives” stop wasting their tax dollars on these senseless appeals?!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:09pm