Jackson v. Abercrombie

On December 7, 2011, private lawyers in Hawaii filed a federal lawsuit in the 9th circuit on behalf of Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid, who were denied a marriage license in Hawaii. The federal lawsuit challenges Hawaii’s law that restricts the freedom to marry to different-sex couples.

In February 2012, the named defendant, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, said he will not defend the state's discriminatory marriage law. He said, "My obligation as governor is to support equality under law. This is inequality, and I will not defend it.” 

On August 8, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Alan Kay ruled against Jackson and Kleid, upholding the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples in Hawaii. Shortly after, the couple – joined by Gov. Abercrombie – appealed the ruling.

The case is now pending in the federal court of appeals.

On November 13, 2013, Gov. Abercrombie signed the freedom to marry into law. The case will presumably be stayed or ended. 

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