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Case Name Young v. Lingle PB-HI-0006
Docket / Court 1CC10-1-001621 ( State Court )
State/Territory Hawaii
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Lambda Legal
Case Summary
On July 29, 2010, Lambda Legal and the ACLU brought suit in Hawaii state court seeking declaratory and injuctive relief under multiple sections of the Hawaii Constitution. The suit was filed in response to outgoing Governor Lingle's veto of a bill (HB 444), which would have granted all state rights ... read more >
On July 29, 2010, Lambda Legal and the ACLU brought suit in Hawaii state court seeking declaratory and injuctive relief under multiple sections of the Hawaii Constitution. The suit was filed in response to outgoing Governor Lingle's veto of a bill (HB 444), which would have granted all state rights of spouses to committed, unmarried same- and opposite-sex couples. The suit sought declaratory and injuctive relief based on Hawaii Constitution Article 1, Sections 2, 3, 5, and 6, which Plaintiff claimed guaranteed Plaintiffs' rights to equal protection and due process regardless of sexual orientation.

On February 23, 2011, Hawaii Governor Abercrombie signed SB232 into law, with an effective date of January 1, 2012. SB 232 guaranteed same-sex couples the same rights and protections enjoyed by married couples.

On March 31, 2011, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Hawaii voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Hawaii in 2013.

Chris MacColl - 03/30/2014
Priyah Kaul - 11/27/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) State of Hawaii
Plaintiff Description Six homosexual couples who have been in long-term committed relationships.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Lambda Legal
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Limited Partnership
http://www.limitedpartnershipmovie.com/
By: Thomas G. Miller
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  United States Government says L.A. Gay Couple‚Äôs 1975 Marriage is Valid
The Pride L.A.
Written: Jun. 07, 2016
By: Troy Masters
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1CC10-1-0015621 (State Trial Court) 04/06/2011
PB-HI-0006-9001.pdf | Detail
State Court Website
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 07/29/2010
PB-HI-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Crandall, Virginia L (State Trial Court)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Sakamoto, Karl K (State Trial Court)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alston, Paul (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Perrin, Lois K (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Tannenbaum, Stephen (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Wadsworth, Clyde James (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Ferm, Dennis K. (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Kishi, Robin M (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Sellers, Dorothy D. (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Wynhoff, William J. (Hawaii)
PB-HI-0006-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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