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Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie Refuses to Defend Hawaii's Unjust Ban on Gay Marriage in Court

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Director of the State Department of Health Loretta Fuddy have filed two separate answers in a response to a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's ban on same-sex marriage, according to a news release from Attorney General David M. Louie, Hawaii News Now reports:

AbercrombieIn his response, Gov. Abercrombie said that "Under current law, a heterosexual couple can choose to enter into a marriage or a civil union. A same-sex couple, however, may only elect a civil union. My obligation as Governor is to support equality under law. This is inequality, and i will not defend it."

"It's bittersweet, but I do feel great that agrees and that he's actually standing by us in that way," said Natasha Jackson, who filed the lawsuit with her partner, Janin Kleid, after they were denied a marriage license by the Department of Health last November. The two have entered a civil union, but want the same benefits of marriage that opposite-sex couples have, including having their marriage recognized in all states. "If we get the rights here, we don't want to go someplace where we don't have the rights. It just doesn't make sense so it limits our mobility," said Kleid.

The lawsuit has another plaintiff as well, Gary Bradley, who hopes to marry his now civil partner.

Fuddy said she was obligated to defend the law:

"The Department of Health is charged with implementing the law as passed by the Legislature. Absent any ruling to the contrary by competent judicial authority regarding constitutionality, the law will be enforced. Because I am being sued for administering the law, I will also defend it."

Read the full news release, AFTER THE JUMP...

News Release 2012-04

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  1. it's all starting to fall, across the USA, like a house of cards

    Posted by: Oliver | Feb 22, 2012 1:11:06 PM


  2. But DOMA is still the obstacle. It access to more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits to gay citizens - even ones legally married. These are benefits we still have to pay for yet are legally prevented from using.

    DOMA also prevents the mobility mentioned in the post. Can you imagine marrying in one state and 43 other states saying we choose not to recognize the marriage.

    DOMA has to go.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Feb 22, 2012 1:54:57 PM


  3. I think the 14th amendment will eventually prevail across the country. It will take time but it's coming.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Feb 22, 2012 2:53:59 PM


  4. For anyone who thinks that the lesbians and homosexuals getting married is a bad thing; get your heads out of your asses already. Their marriage won't be a sign of a decaying society, won't be the first step towards legalizing polygamy everywhere, and certainly won't infringe on anything YOU already have.

    Posted by: Tyler | Feb 22, 2012 5:35:23 PM


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