From the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office:
The Hawai’i Supreme Court today dismissed a legal challenge raised by
four individual plaintiffs to the Hawai’i Marriage Equality Act of 2013. The 2013 law
changed Hawaii’s statutes regarding marriage so that same-sex couples could marry.
The Supreme Court held that the plaintiffs were not harmed or injured by the Marriage
Equality Act and therefore did not have standing to challenge it.
“The most important part of the Supreme Court’s ruling was its conclusion that the
‘legislature’s decision to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples did not, in any
way, diminish the right to marry’ for the plaintiffs or anyone else,” said Attorney General
Doug Chin, quoting the opinion.
“This is an exciting time for marriage equality in our country, as we await the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that will govern so many other States,” said Deputy Attorney General Deirdre Marie-Iha, who argued on b ehalf of the defendants. “We hope that the United States Supreme Court will recognize, as our Supreme Court did today,
that those who oppose marriage equality are ‘harmed not at all when others are given the liberty to choose their own life partners and a re shown the respect that comes with formal marriage.’ ”