Amendment 3

3:33 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

After Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeals, Gay Marriage is Legal Again in Utah

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes address the media after the U.S. Supreme Court Denied to hear the states same-sex marriage appeal.
Whittney Evans

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.

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2:15 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

State Legislator Questions Likelihood Supreme Court Will Hear Utah's Same-Sex Marriage Case

File: Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

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.

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LGBT Rights
1:45 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Herbert Reasserts State's Plan to Defend Amendment 3

Utah Education Network

Governor Herbert tackled several topics at his KUED monthly news conference Thursday including reasserting the state’s position on defending Utah’s Amendment 3.

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LGBT Rights
3:54 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Amendment 3 Plaintiffs Argue Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriages Are Irrational

Byron White U.S. Court of Appeals
Henry Pisciotta

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.

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12:10 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents, Supporters Rally at the Capitol

Billie Christiansen, her daughter and grandson attend a rally supporting anti-discrimination measures at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday.


Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage gathered for separate rallies Tuesday night at the state Capitol. Both sides said fundamental values are at stake. 

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3:24 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Lawmaker Wants to Allow Taxpayers to Contribute to Amendment 3 Defense

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.

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2:17 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Utah's Outside Counsel in Amendment 3 Case Will Also Work for Conservative Sutherland Institute

Gene Schaerr
Gene Schaerr

The attorney hired to represent the state of Utah in its appeal of the same-sex marriage decision will also be working for a conservative think tank.

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4:13 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Sean Reyes Sworn In As New Attorney General

Sean Reyes repeates the Oath of Office
Brian Grimmett

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.

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LGBT Rights
1:46 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Wikimedia Commons

  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. 

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KUER Local News
3:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Gay Rights Group to Challenge Utah’s Amendment 3 in Federal Court

Restore Our Humanity Director Mark Lawrence
Andrea Smardon

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.

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