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Hawaii gay marriage lawsuit declared moot

HONOLULU (AP) - A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling quietly gives closure to a last-ditch court fight against Hawaii's gay marriage law.

The appeals court issued an opinion earlier this month declaring moot a lawsuit filed by a Hawaii couple seeking to marry before the state legalized gay marriage last year.

The couple sought to dismiss the case after they were legally allowed to get married but opponents of the law fought to keep the lawsuit alive.

The ruling vacates a U.S. District Court judge's 2012 ruling against the couple.

The couple's attorney John D'Amato said Tuesday the dismissal doesn't come as much of a surprise but provides some vindication.

Attorneys from the state attorney general's office and Hawaii Family Forum, which wanted the lawsuit to remain, didn't immediately comment.

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