Hawaii lawyers want gay marriage challenge gone

HONOLULU (AP) - State attorneys are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging Hawaii's new gay marriage law.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports state attorneys argue hundreds of recently married same-sex couples shouldn't have a legal challenge lingering over them.

Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage, with same-sex couples starting to get marriage licenses on Dec. 2.

Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott and others are challenging the law, arguing that a 1998 state constitutional amendment limited marriage to opposite-sex couples.

Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto previously turned down McDermott's request for a court order to bar the state from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The state lawyers cite that ruling in arguing that the lawsuit should be thrown out.

Sakamoto is scheduled to hear their request on Jan. 29.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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