Federal judge to hear same sex marriage case

Group argues Gov. Abercrombie should be dismissed as defendant

Published  11:41 AM HST Jul 24, 2012
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HONOLULU -

A federal judge in Hawaii will hear arguments on whether Gov. Neil Abercrombie should remain as a defendant in a lawsuit by two women who claim they're being denied the right to marry.

Hawaii Family Forum is arguing that the governor should be dismissed as a defendant because he's not in charge of marriage licenses. A judge previously ruled the Christian organization can intervene.

Abercrombie has told the court Hawaii's marriage law denies federal constitutional rights to same-sex couples who want to marry.

A judge during Tuesday's hearing will also hear arguments on whether the case should be dismissed.

Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid want to be married and not simply enter into a civil union. They say they need to be married in order to get certain federal benefits.

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