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Hawaii: Christian Groups And GOP Lawmaker Lose Court Case To Kill Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash on November 14, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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A broad group of Christians and one Republican state lawmaker have lost their attempt to kill same-sex marriage in Hawaii after a judge ruled that lawmakers indeed had the right to define marriage and determine who is eligible.

The case, which would have ended the law Governor Neil Abercrombie signed just 24 hours ago, was brought by Rep. Bob McDermott (image, right), who claimed that Hawaii’s 1998 constitutional amendment only banned same-sex marriage, whereas the judge ruled the amendment gave the state legislature the right to define it. Hawaii’s Attorney General David Louie had sent lawmakers a letter stating the same a month ago.

Rep. McDermott, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports, “claims that his reputation and electability will suffer because he led voters to believe in 1998 that the constitutional amendment would ban same-sex marriage. William Kumia, a pastor and marriage coach, fears hate crimes and lawsuits if he refuses to counsel same-sex couples. Garret Hashimoto, state chairman of the Hawaii Christian Coalition, worries that religious schools would be forced to either teach same-sex education or close.”

But Deputy Attorney General John Molay “dismissed such arguments as ‘the sky is falling’ hypotheticals meant to generate fear rather than demonstrate concrete injuries.”

Louie told reporters he is “very pleased with the court’s ruling.”

“I think the court clearly said that SB1 is constitutional. SB1 can go forward. The Legislature had the power to enact SB1 under its general powers as a Legislature.”

Images by Mileka Lincoln via Twitter

Hat tip: Think Progress

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BJLincoln November 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

If they got smacked down that fast, what do they think an appeal will be like?
"We lost but we went down fighting!" Like that is a comfort?

rainey13 November 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

The only real fault in your logic is that you're assuming idiots like McDermott are capable of thinking. Rational thought seems to be beyond those who are so blinded by self-righteous indignation.

weshlovrcm November 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

God continues to smite those who pervert God's love to tell our children that the sin of homophobia is a "Christian value." God is good!

MARTinNJ212 November 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Sorry, but WTF is 'same-sex education'?

myrnadragonchild November 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

It's "how to have fashion".
Or something. Y'know, what IS this same sex education and why didn't I get it? lol!

Zack12 November 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I'm hoping that even though the fight to get marriage equality in Hawaii is mostly over,the fight to get the bigots out isn't.
The biggest fight should be focusing on the primary for the 1st district of Hawaii. Donna Kim,one of the four no votes against marriage equality in the State Senate is running for that seat.
Keep in mind she used her powers as Senate President to make sure a bill talking about marriage equality wouldn't be heard during the regular session and if not for Senate Rules,would have no doubt added a few gems of her own for the hate speeches we heard.
I hope the people there are working on helping her primary challengers,an anti-equality Democrat is the last thing we need in a Congress filled with bigoted Republicans already.

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