Natasha Jackson, a former radio DJ, and Janin Kleid have stated that they are suing the state of Hawaii in order to overturn the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in that state. The ban dates back to 1998, but the couple are citing the US Constitution in their attempt to overturn the state amendment.
The two have been together for four years, and wear wedding rings already. They say that civil unions are not enough. Hawaii just recently passed civil unions.
Jackson stated that “We really want the chance to get married. We want the chance to have the legal right as well as the social recognition of us being in a committed relationship. I was looking at stuff on Google because that’s what we do in our generation and there are 1,138 rights to marriage where there aren’t as many to civil unions they’re just different they’re completely different.”
Kleid stated “Civil union doesn’t do, it just doesn’t do the same thing.”
The couple are filing the suit on their own without the backing of state or national LGBT organizations. Their attorney John D’Amato argues that the state amendment making marriage only between a woman and a man violates the 14th Amendment. D’Amato stated “It would just require a judge to look at that law and say yeah plaintiffs you’re right it does violate your rights to due process and equal protection under the federal constitution. The state’s denying Janin and Natasha the right to marry deprives them of a fundamental right and is unjustly discriminatory.”
Governor Neil Abercrombie has been named as a defendant in the suit and stated “If they want to pursue that through the legal channels that’s fine but I work through the legislative channels. I think that everyone is very very happy with our civil union’s law. I’m going to put it into effect. I signed it. We’re moving forward as quickly as we can and this January we’ll be putting it into effect. If there are changes to be made we’ll take it up in the course of the legislative sessions to come. I’m very very pleased with where we are, where we’re going and where we’re headed.”
The suit will not begin to be heard until March.