[JURIST] A lesbian couple filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] challenging the state’s denial of same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) [official profile] signed [JURIST report] a same-sex civil unions bill [SB 232 text, PDF] into law in February. The legislation, set to go into effect on January 1, 2012, extends the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners…

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