Hawaii gay marriage supporters
Hawaii will no longer defend a law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, five months after the state legalized same-sex marriage, state officials said on Monday. The state will stop defending against a lawsuit filed in 2011 by a same-sex couple who sought to declare Hawaii’s old marriage law unconstitutional, according to a statement from Attorney General David M. Louie. Last November, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, had signed a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. The law took effect Dec. 2. “The law, policy and public sentiment in Hawaii has clearly and dramatically changed in favor of marriage equality,” said Louie. In response to the 2011 lawsuit, the state had filed two separate answers, one representing then-Director of Health Loretta Fuddy and the other representing Abercrombie. Fuddy’s legal team had defended the law as constitutional, while Abercrombie had agreed with the plaintiffs. More