Utah gay marriage

Dan Bammes

  Mormon activists who’ve been pushing for more inclusion of gays and lesbians within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints see a new opportunity now that the U-S Supreme Court has decided not to hear Utah’s appeal of its same-sex marriage case. 

Erika Munson is one of the founders of Mormons Building Bridges, which has marched in Salt Lake City’s Pride Parade and helped to moderate many private discussions among Mormons.

Taylor Hayes/KUER

As same sex marriage once again became legal in Utah yesterday (Monday), state officials and gay couples prepared to accept a new and now permanent change in the law.

When Utahns woke up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday, not to hear marriage appeals from five states, the plaintiffs who challenged Utah’s law were still processing the fact that same-sex was now legal. Kate Call expressed relief that her marriage to her wife Karen Archer probably won’t be legally challenged again.

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.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that justices will review same sex marriage cases from five states including Utah at a private conference later this month.  It is the first step the court will take in deciding whether or not to consider any of the cases in its upcoming session.  

Attorneys for the plaintiffs challenging Utah’s ban on same sex marriage, announced today that they will join the state in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. 

A day after a federal district court judge ordered the state to recognize same sex marriages that took place in Utah, legal scholars are wondering how another pending gay marriage case may influence an appeal to this latest ruling.