Attorney General David Louie: Hawaii lawmakers have “constitutional authority” to vote on marriage equality

October 15, 2013

AGToday, Hawaii’s Attorney General David Louie said that state lawmakers have the constitutional authority, if they so choose, to pass marriage equality legislation, without amending the constitution:

“The authority to enact legislation recognizing marriages between two individuals of the same sex is vested in the Hawaii State Legislature”

As support for the freedom to marry in Hawaii continues to build among elected officials, faith leaders, and businesses, opponents of equality have urged turning back the clock to place this important issue on the ballot. But as Attorney General Louie’s statement today shows — the people of Hawaii of put this issue in the hands of the Legislature.

As state legislators prepare to return to Honolulu to consider marriage equality in special session, it’s never been more clear that the people of Hawaii are solidly united behind marriage equality. And we urge our lawmakers to stand on the right side of history by passing the freedom to marry.

CLICK HERE to urge your lawmakers to vote for marriage equality in special session.