Hawaii GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott was the undeniable crackpot star of his state’s ugly “people’s filibuster” against same-sex marriage. And yesterday a state court once again shot down his attempt to overturn the bill.
First Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled Wednesday that the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 is constitutional under both the state and federal constitutions. Hawaii Attorney General David M. Louie issued a statement saying the ruling “unequivocally affirmed the right of people to marry the person they love without regard to gender.” “This is a very good day for the people of Hawaii,” Louie said. Following lengthy sessions, the bill was passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in November. A lawsuit challenging the move was filed by Rep. Bob McDermott, a Republican from Oahu, before the bill was even approved.
Unsurprisingly, McDermott plans to appeal.