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On long path to marriage

States’ unequal status of marriage raises questions even as Hawaii folks on either side of the gay marriage debate brace for legislative and legal battles

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 07, 2013

~~<p>Partly because Hawaii has a legal challenge of its same-sex marriage ban sitting before federal judges in San Francisco &mdash; one that could eventually lead to further rulings by the nation's high court &mdash; the islands represent a battleground to either side of this contentious issue.</p>
<p>These are well-established battle lines, first laid down in 1990. That's when the case that became known as Baehr v. Lewin first started moving through the state Judiciary. It culminated in a 1993 ruling by the Hawaii Supreme Court that the state had failed to show any compelling interest to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And that fueled a drive in Congress for what became the Defense of Marriage Act, just struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.</p>
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Partly because Hawaii has a legal challenge of its same-sex marriage ban sitting before federal judges in San Francisco — one that could eventually lead to further rulings by the nation's high court — the islands represent a battleground to either side of this contentious issue.

These are well-established battle lines, first laid down in 1990. That's when the case that became known as Baehr v. Lewin first started moving through the state Judiciary. It culminated in a 1993 ruling by the Hawaii Supreme Court that the state had failed to show any compelling interest to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And that fueled a drive in Congress for what became the Defense of Marriage Act, just struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Login for more...



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