By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a motion for contempt brought by opponents of a now-canceled election for Native Hawaiians.
The court denied the motion Tuesday. Opponents had hoped a contempt order would stop Hawaiians from gathering next month to discuss self-governance.
The Supreme Court last month issued an injunction that prevented counting votes to select delegates who would represent Native Hawaiians at a self-governance convention.
Election organizers then called off the election and instead invited all candidates to participate. Opponents argued moving forward with the gathering flouted the injunction.
The lawsuit by Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian opponents is still pending before a federal appeals court. They oppose the process because it prevents Hawaii residents without Native Hawaiian ancestry from participating.