Lambda Legal, ACLU to Sue Governor Linda Lingle and Hawaii Seeking Equal Rights. Benefits for Gay Couples


More details will come after a press conference later this morning HST (this afternoon, for many of us), but for now, the AP is reporting:

Lingle "Six gay couples in Hawaii are filing a lawsuit Thursday asking for the same rights as married couples, three weeks after Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a same-sex civil unions measure.
The lawsuit doesn't seek the titles of 'marriage' or 'civil unions' for gay partners. Instead, it requests that the court system extend them the benefits and responsibilities of marriage based on the Hawaii Constitution's prohibition against sex discrimination.
'We continue to be discriminated against,' said plaintiff Suzanne King, who has been in a relationship with her partner for 29 years. 'We're a family unit, and we live our lives just like everyone else, but we aren't treated the same.'
The legal action in state court comes as a response to the Republican governor's veto July 6, when she said voters should decide whether to reserve marriage for couples of a man and a woman."

The case is expected to reach the Hawaii Supreme Court, or be rendered moot if the next governor or lawmakers approve a civil unions bill:

"The office of Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett declined comment Wednesday because it hadn't yet been served with the lawsuit.
The state grants some rights to gay couples through its reciprocal beneficiaries system.
But they lack the same legal priviledges and obligations of adoption, child support, alimony and access to family court, said Jennifer Pizer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, which is bringing the case along with the American Civil Liberties Union."


  1. Jim says

    OMG. Linda Lingle looks like a man in drag if there ever was one. Not that that is a bad thing. But she is voting against gay rights. Such hyprocrisy is annoying. Vote her out!

  2. HawaiiBill says

    She’s term limited and gone in November. And when she ran, she said she wouldn’t oppose a civil unions bill if it got to her desk. Surprise, a Republican that lies and then caves in when the Christian Taliban stomps their feet.

    If you really want to help and not just gripe online, Neil Abercrombie, a COMPLETE and reliable supporter of full marriage equality is running against our Mormon, anti-civil unions Honolulu Mayor in the primary for Governor Sept. 18th. We have majorities in both houses of our Legislature, but we need a Governor that will sign the damn bill. You can donate to his campaign here:

    The winner of the primary goes up against a rabid fundamentalist Republican who wants to return Hawaii to its “Christian Roots”. The line in the sand is drawn and very clear. Here’s one way you can actually make a difference in the fight.

    Mahalo for taking action beyond typing snarky remarks ;).

  3. Patric says

    I was going to say the same thing, HawaiiBill, but it comes with more authority out of the mouth of an actual Hawaiian!

    This lawsuit will be unnecessary if former member of Congress Neil Abercrombie is elected Governor this November. Abercrombie has a great record on LGBT issues and is one of the two leading contenders for the job. His main competititon comes from Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman, a Democrat whom he will face in a primary this September. Hanneman is a Mormon and opposes civil unions. The Republican nominee is the current lieutenant governor and is even worse than Hanneman. The winner of the Democratic primary will be a significant favorite in November against the Republican.

    Point is that we all need to get the word out to our friends and loved ones in Hawaii to vote for Neil Abercrombie in September’s primary!!