Friday, October 10, 2014
9th Circuit declares Hawaii case challenging gay marriage ban as moot
by Larry Geller
In a strange case that split the Hawaii state government, Governor Neil Abercrombie refused to defend the state’s amendment related to gay marriage. At the same time, the Department of Health chief, Loretta Fuddy, proceeded with the case.
Courthouse News Services reported this afternoon:
On Friday, the panel declared the case moot - noting that the gay and lesbian plaintiffs had already married their partners and got "everything they hoped to achieve."
The judges added that other lawsuits challenging Hawaii's marriage equality law already in the pipeline "do not defeat mootness" in this case.