Supporters of same-sex marriage mark Wednesday down as historic.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled legally married same-sex couples should have the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
“It’s a huge day for America. This has really been the real civil rights struggle of the last 10 years. And as we all know we have seen rapid progress on this,” same-sex marriage supporter Todd Simmons said.
“Absolutely. It will go down in the history books. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States said the federal government has no just cause to treat same-sex couples differently than any other couples,” Equality Hawaii treasurer Jacce Mikulanec said.
But one attorney who has argued in favor of traditional marriage says not so fast.
“It’s not a victory for anybody. What it is, a ticket to continue the debate across the country, state by state, on what the definition, ‘what is marriage?’” attorney Jim Hochberg said.
Hawaii does not have same-sex marriage, but does have civil unions with legal challenges pending.
The governor says in time Hawaii will find out if the civil union law needs a patch or a fix, or maybe even new legislation or language.
“In the context of the legal proceedings we’re engaged in now and then comes to a conclusion as to what we need to do to move forward from that, either administratively, legislatively, or both,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.
Supporters of same-sex marriage feel like this ruling from the Supreme Court is the latest signal that the American attitudes are changing.
“I think it is. if you look at the generational shift that has taken place on this issue. It’s only a matter of time. Sixty percent of Americans believe that same-sex couples deserve equal rights,” Mikulanec said.
“I certainly hope so because this is not some kind of esoteric issue. This is a real for families. Families like mine, children like mine,” Simmons said.
Opponents are unconvinced.
“And what same-sex marriage couples focus on is what the adults want, but what marriage is about is what children need,” Hochberg said.
The legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.