Christian groups lose bid for restraining order on Hawaii's civil-union law
January 02, 2012
A federal judge in Hawaii has refused to grant a temporary restraining order to Christian groups seeking to block a law that allows same-sex couples to register in civil unions.
The church groups argue that although the law does not require them to register civil unions, they could face lawsuits if they refuse to rent their property to same-sex couples celebrating those unions.
Judge Michael Seabright ruled that the complaint was not “ripe” for a judicial resolution, with the new law on civil unions not yet in effect.