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Arguments scheduled today on Hawaii gay marriage case

By Associated Press


A federal judge in Hawaii will hear arguments today on whether Gov. Neil Abercrombie should remain as a defendant in a lawsuit by two women who claim they’re being denied the right to marry.

Hawaii Family Forum is arguing that the governor should be dismissed as a defendant because he’s not in charge of marriage licenses. A judge previously ruled the Christian organization can intervene. 

Abercrombie has told the court Hawaii’s marriage law denies federal constitutional rights to same-sex couples who want to marry.  

A judge during today’s hearing will also hear arguments on whether the case should be dismissed. 

Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid want to be married and not simply enter into a civil union. They say they need to be married in order to get certain federal benefits. 

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bender wrote:
The article says they want to marry to get certain federal benefits. Last time I checked the feds do not recognize same sex marriages so what federal benefits do they expect to get. Or is this a stepping stone to then sue for the benefits. BTW, I thought marriage was supposed to be about love, not money.
on July 24,2012 | 05:39AM
8082062424 wrote:
well said
on July 24,2012 | 06:28AM
FrankieT wrote:
Couples should be able to support each other regardless of race, creed, or sexual orientation. Enough of all the arguments, as it just wastes a lot of tax payer dollars. Let it go, enjoy life to the fullest. :-)
on July 24,2012 | 06:43AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Apparently, you're not married.
on July 24,2012 | 08:05AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
As long as governments (many states and the Federal government) privilege hetersexual couples with tax and other benefits, marriage IS about money as well as love. If it were not for the fact that the government is involved in marriage in this way, it wouldn't be an issue about money and could be handled through civil unions and churches. Seems incongruous that conservatives are all about "small" or "less" government unless it has to do with people's personal lives.
on July 24,2012 | 09:02AM
Hopefully the days of super homophobic Mike Gabbard hateful propaganda are in the past of Hawaii The ALOHA state should grant marriage to anyone that is sincerely seeking it .....no matter genders for love is love ......man to women ....men to men .....women to women Lve and peace should only be the law of this state.
on July 24,2012 | 08:01AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Here's hoping his daughter agrees with you.
on July 24,2012 | 08:06AM
HollyJHuber wrote:
Full Marriage Equality Now!
on July 24,2012 | 08:27AM
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