9th Circuit Court upholds dismissal of Marriage Equality Act challenge

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Thursday the dismissal of a challenge to Hawaii’s Marriage Equality Act.

In its opinion, the court found that Hawaii District Court Judge Susan Mollway “properly dismissed (plaintiff Kaui) Amsterdam’s action because Amsterdam’s moral and cultural objections to same-sex marriages are generalized grievances and are insufficient to confer Article III standing.”

Hawaii’s Marriage Equality Act was signed into law on Nov. 13, 2013 by then Gov. Neil Abercrombie after a special session. It provides same-sex couples with the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage as same-sex couples.

On Feb. 19, 2014, Mollway found that Amsterdam lacked standing because he failed to show he suffered any injury as a result of the act.

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