Utah Attorney General Will Appeal 10th Circuit Ruling Directly to the Supreme Court

Jul 10, 2014

Officials with the Utah Attorney General’s office announced today that lawyers for the state will appeal the latest ruling against Amendment 3 directly to the U-S Supreme Court.

Last month, a three judge panel on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals voted two to one to uphold a  federal district court ruling Utah’s law banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional.  When the latest decision was handed done, lawyers defending Utah’s law had two options in front of them: Ask all of the judges on the 10 the circuit court to consider the case or appeal directly to the U-S Supreme Court. On Tuesday, spokeswoman Missy Larsen released a statement saying that the Attorney General’s office will not an en banc review of 10th Circuit’s decision.  Instead lawyers for the state plan to file a petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the U.S.Supreme Court. Larsen said in the statement that Utah’s Amendment 3 is presumed to be constitutional until the highest court deems otherwise.