(CitizenLink) A federal court on Wednesday upheld a Hawaii law defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
Last December, Natasha N. Jackson and Janin Kleid filed the suit, asking the court to strike down the state marriage amendment and the definition of marriage. The 1998 amendment, approved by voters, ensures the power to define marriage lies solely with the Legislature.
“It is undisputed opposite-sex couples can naturally procreate and same-sex couples cannot,” Senior District Judge Alan Kay wrote. “Allowing opposite-sex couples to marry furthers this interest and allowing same-sex couples to marry would not do so.”
Wednesday’s ruling affirms the importance of protecting and strengthening marriage as the union of one man and one woman, according to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt.
“The people of Hawaii adopted a constitutional amendment to uphold marriage, and the court rightly concluded that the democratic process shouldn’t be short-circuited by judicial decree,” Schowengerdt said.