Judge rules Marriage Equality law is legal

Published On: Nov 14 2013 07:19:25 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 14 2013 09:34:05 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled Thursday that the Marriage Equality law is legal in a hearing challenging the new law.

Rep. Bob McDermott filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the governor from signing the bill, but request was initially denied because the law did not yet exist.

A motion questioning the legality of the law was filed.  But, the state attorney general already saw that the legal challenge to the newly-signed bill would fail.

"We are very confident on our position," said State Attorney General David Louie.  "They are wrong on the facts and wrong on the law and so I don't think they have any basis for this lawsuit."

McDermott and other opponents to the law cited the amendment voters approved in 1998, which gave the Legislature the power to reserve marriage to opposite sex couples.

They say the voters wanted to prohibit same-sex marriage.

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