Same-sex marriage is once again legal in the state of Utah. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning it would decline to hear same-sex marriage appeals in five states.
The high court’s refusal to review any of the nation’s gay marriage cases means same-sex couples are free to marry in 11 more states, including Utah. Derek Kitchen is a plaintiff in the case that struck down Utah’s ban. He says families in the 10th circuit, and other states across the country where same-sex marriage bans have fallen, can now plan their lives like every other person in the country.
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet issued a ruling in the case against Utah’s law banning same-sex marriage, but state leaders have all indicated that whatever the outcome, they expect the loser will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. But there are now some people who doubt the nation’s highest court would even hear the case.
Plaintiffs in the case against Utah’s Amendment 3 filed a brief with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. The brief argues that Amendment 3 demeans and stigmatizes the relationships of same-sex couples and doesn’t withstand constitutional scrutiny.
A Republican state lawmaker from Tooele County is proposing legislation that would help fund the state’s defense of its law banning gay marriage.
Representative Merrill Nelson’s bill would create a box on the state income tax form and allow state residents to give a portion of their tax refunds to the cause. Nelson says people on both sides of the issue could benefit from his legislation.
Sean Reyes was officially sworn in as the new Attorney General of Utah today in a ceremony at the State Capitol.
In a crowded Capitol Rotunda Sean Reyes took the oath of office to become Utah’s next Attorney General. The ceremony comes less than a year after former Attorney General John Swallow took the same oath, only later to resign in the midst of several investigations into his conduct. Reyes says his first job is to restore the public’s trust in his office.
A case before a federal court challenges the constitutionality of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages. And a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union says this could be the one that helps decide the issue for the whole country.
A gay rights organization announced Monday it is filing a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah. The group Restore Our Humanity is seeking to strike down Utah’s Constitutional Amendment 3, which says that marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.