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.”
— Mileka Lincoln (@MilekaLincoln) November 14, 2013
Images by Mileka Lincoln via Twitter
Hat tip: Think Progress
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