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Hawaii's gay community celebrates California court ruling

Suzanne King Suzanne King
Tambry Young Tambry Young
Garret Hashimoto Garret Hashimoto

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Wow! Great."

That was Tambry Young's reaction to a ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco who overturned California's ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, violated the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. Proposition 8 became law in California in 2008 when it was approved by 52% of voters.

Young has been with her partner, Suzanne King, for 30 years. They were legally married in Massachusetts, but cannot legally marry in Hawaii. So last week they filed suit challenging Hawaii law.

"We're looking for equal treatment," King said.

"We're alleging that we're just being denied the rights and responsibilities that are afforded under equal protection," Young added.

The couple applauds Judge Walker's decision.

"Anytime there's a victory for our side, it's thrilling for everybody. It doesn't matter what state it's in," King said.

"It was a good decision. I think with the decision by judge Walker it shows that there's growing concerns that excluding us from marriage is just not acceptable," Young told Hawaii News Now.

Garret Hashimoto, Chair of the Hawaii Christian Coalition, believes the judge erred by ruling against a voter approved initiative.

"I believe it is unconstitutional for that judge to rule what he did rule today. So I believe eventually traditional marriage, traditional couples will win out in today's society," Hashimoto said.

Opponents of same-sex marriage say they will appeal Judge Walker's decision.

Many legal observers feel the case will ultimately be decided by the United States Supreme court.


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