The Irish Examiner article 3:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27, 2018 – This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case called The State of Hawaii v.
Michael Tulliam, where the High Court is set to decide if the government’s definition of marriage is constitutional.
The case pits a Hawaii man against a Hawaii woman, who says the state’s marriage laws are unconstitutional because they don’t allow same-sex couples to marry.
The woman’s case is being heard by Chief Justice Charles Stewart, and the Chief Justice is expected to rule by June 30 on whether the state is legally required to recognize same-gender marriages.
The High Court, which was established in 1867, is the last federal court in the U.S. to consider the issue of marriage equality, but the high court is expected in a year or two to issue its ruling.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin has asked the court to rule that the state has to recognize a legal marriage, but that his case is about whether the marriage law is unconstitutional.
The state has argued that its law is consistent with the U to M Protection Act, a federal law that provides that any state that recognizes same- sex marriages “shall not be deemed to be an institution for providing for the civil union of two persons of the same sex” and that same- gender marriage is a civil right.
The State of California, a state with a population of about 8 million, has also argued that the California Civil Code, which applies to all states, does not recognize same sex marriages.