Hawaii Attorney General: Legislature Has Constitutional Authority to Enact Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii's attorney general David Louie today released an opinion in response to debate over the state's marriage laws, the AP reports:

LouieAttorney General David Louie said Tuesday the Legislature unquestionably has the constitutional authority to consider and enact a bill to be considered during a special session later this month.

Louie's opinion comes in the form of a letter to state Sen. Les Ihara, a Democrat and majority policy leader. Louie says Ihara had questions about the law and criticisms from opponents who say it can't be passed without changing the state's charter document.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has said it's 'very likely' that he'll call a special session of the legislature to pass a marriage equality bill.

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  1. Byjove says

    Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie has ALREADY called a special session. The fireworks begin Monday 28 October. Hawai‘i United for Marriage, the ACLU, and other groups are trying to mobilize folks to contact their lawmakers. Opinion letters and calls appear to be running AGAINST marriage equality, which is not necessarily an indication of actual majority opinion in the state (not to suggest that civil rights should be subject to popular whim, of course!). If you have ANY connections in Hawai‘i please urge them to contact their representative and state senator — the best communication is a handwritten letter — with a strong, positive message about marriage equality.

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