Today, Dec. 19, Hawaii's Supreme Court issued a Summary Disposition Order that upheld a lower court ruling concerning 8 legislators who wanted to be co-defendants with the state of Hawaii in the court case Baehr v. Miike (the same-gender marriage case).
The eight legislators sued to have their own representation in the case other than the representation provided for the entire State of Hawaii by the Attorney General's office. The lower court rejected this request and the Hawaii Supreme Court has upheld that rejection.
Among the eight legislators is Representative Gene Ward (Republican) who lead Pat Robertson's Campaign for President in Hawaii. The attorney for the 8 legislators was Jay Sekulow, who is a close associate of Pat Robertson's. In 1997 Sekulow has used Hawaii's marriage case to raise funds for his own organization.
This will have been the THIRD Hawaii Supreme Court ruling on issues
related to Baehr v. Miike:
Of course, we all wonder when the Hawaii Supreme Court will decide the state's appeal of the December 1996 Honolulu Circuit ruling!
May this news brighten your Christmas!
PS. All of these round trips to Hawaii's Supreme Court take time and money. To support the court case Baehr v. Miike, please make a donation to
Marriage Project - Hawaii
PO Box 11690
Honolulu, HI 96828
Your donation will be tax-deductible.
Marriage Project - Hawaii pays the fees of attorney Dan Foley, does some
public education and does some limited lobbying. The lobbying is
limited by IRS rules governing tax-deductible organizations (501 c 3 organizations).
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