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The judge who refused to address the potential Hawaii same sex marriage law ruled on the now passed law today.

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Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled today against same-sex marriage opponents and refused to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the state from granting marriage licenses to gay couples starting on Dec. 2.

After hearing arguments for about an hour, Sakamoto said that while the plaintiffs had standing to file their request for a TRO, the state Legislature has the power to define marriage in the state of Hawaii. He said regulating marriage was "long regarded as the province of the state.
Sakamoto heard the request by state Rep. Bob McDermott and a group of Christians for a TRO to prevent the state from issuing marriage licenses.
McDermott, for example, claims that his reputation and electability will suffer because he led voters to believe in 1998 that the constitutional amendment would ban same-sex marriage. William Kumia, a pastor and marriage coach, fears hate crimes and lawsuits if he refuses to counsel same-sex couples. Garret Hashimoto, state chairman of the Hawaii Christian Coalition, worries that religious schools would be forced to either teach same-sex education or close.

(Deputy Attorney General John) Molay dismissed such arguments as "'the sky is falling' hypotheticals meant to generate fear rather than demonstrate concrete injuries."

McDermott's reputation was damaged the moment he went full wing nut.

Originally posted to hobie1616 on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM PST.

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