Hawaii won't release Obama birth info

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 22, 2011 11:15

 
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HONOLULU — Hawaii's governor will end his quest to prove President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii because it's against state law to release private documents, his office said Friday.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who was a friend of Obama's parents and knew him as a child, launched an effort last month to find a way to dispel conspiracy theories that the president was born elsewhere.

So-called "birthers" claim Obama is ineligible to be president because they say there's no proof he was born in the United States, with many of the skeptics questioning whether he was actually born in Kenya, his father's home country.

The governor said at the time he was bothered by people who questioned Obama's birthplace for political reasons.

State Attorney General David Louie told the governor he can't disclose an individual's birth documentation without a person's consent, Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said.

"There is nothing more that Gov. Abercrombie can do within the law to produce a document," said Dela Cruz. "Unfortunately, there are conspirators who will continue to question the citizenship of our president."

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