Supporters of that ban had argued that it was not discriminatory because it equally affected blacks and whites. EDGE Publications. A bill substantively similar to HBSenate Billwas passed on January 26, by the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee in a 3—2 vote,  and was passed by the full Senate on January 28;  a modification to the bill was then made in the House of Representatives before passage on February 11 by a vote of 31— Registered foreign marriages confer limited rights.
Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Honolulu, Larry Silvasent a letter to legislators on August 22 asking them to support traditional marriage and protect religious freedom by opposing same-sex marriage legislation. In October, for example, the state court ruled that protections against unreasonable search and seizure barred some types of airport searches that are permitted by the Supreme Court.
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Gay-marriage opponents are gearing up to fight back. James Tokioka D. Hawaii Free Press.
In , Judge Kevin S. Retrieved March 1, Common-law marriage. Marcus Oshiro D. Levinson wrote that "marriage is a basic civil right" and that "on its face and as applied," the Hawaii law "denies same-sex couples access to the marital status and its concomitant rights and benefits.