On October 25, ADL led a multi-faith coalition filing an amicus curiae brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals urging the justices to overturn Hawaii’s ban on marriage equality.  Although in 1993 the Hawaii State Supreme Court became the first court in the nation to rule in favor of marriage equality based on state statutes, Hawaii subsequently restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples only by a constitutional amendment.  Currently, same-sex couples can enter into a civil union under a 2011 law.

ADL’s brief argues that overturning the marriage bans not only would ensure that religious considerations do not improperly influence what marriages Hawaii can recognize, but also would allow religious groups to decide the definition of marriage for themselves.  Click here to read ADL’s brief in the case, Jackson v. Abercrombie.

In the meantime, on October 28, the Hawaii Legislature began a special session to consider a bill to legalize same sex marriage in the state.  ADL supports this effort.

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