Breaking: Hawaii Gay Marriage in Danger by GOP Lawmaker Suing to ‘Shut This Whole Thing Down’
A Republican state lawmaker intent on blocking same-sex marriage in Hawaii has filed a lawsuit claiming lawmakers do not have constitutional authority to change the state’s definition of marriage. Representative Bob McDermott, 50, the Republican Minority Whip, is suing over the state’s 1998 constitutional amendment, which reads that the state “legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.”
Governor Neil Abercrombie, the state legislature, and state Attorney General David M. Louie have all agreed that the language gives the legislature the power to extend marriage to same-sex couples.
Rep. McDermott told the Associate Press he is working to get a judge to “to shut this whole thing down.”
McDermott, whose state website states he “has been married for 25 years and is the father of eight children,” does not agree, despite Louie’s office letter to the contrary.