State urges Hawaii Supreme Court to affirm constitutionality of gay marriage law

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HONOLULU — A deputy state attorney general is asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to affirm the constitutionality of the gay marriage law.

The court heard arguments Thursday in a state Republican representative's lawsuit challenging the law.

While the Legislature was considering the bill last year, Rep. Bob McDermott tried to stop the state from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The circuit court denied his motion for a temporary restraining order. McDermott appealed.

Deputy Attorney General Deirdre Marie-Iha says the plaintiffs have no standing to challenge the law. She says no one is harmed by giving rights to more people.

Plaintiffs' attorney Shawn Luiz says the Legislature didn't have the authority to pass the law. He says voters intended to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples only with a 1998 constitutional amendment.

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