US: Utah’s Attorney General files appeal to uphold same-sex marriage ban
Utah’s Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes, has filed a US Supreme Court appeal asking for a judicial review of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.
In June, Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was again found to be unconstitutional by the federal court. A three-judge panel from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that the state’s current ban on same-sex marriage violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.
More than 1,000 same-sex couples rushed to get married as occurred in December before the Supreme Court once again intervened and stopped the marriages, pending an appeal.
Voters in Utah approved the state’s ban in 2004.
The attorney general’s office stated: “Attorney General Sean Reyes has a sworn duty to defend the laws of our state.”
If the court agrees to hear the attorney general’s appeal, it could lead to a ruling of national scope on the legality of gay marriage bans and affect the thousands of same-sex couples who were married in December.
The states federal courts remain pro-marriage but the final decision will come after the pending US Supreme Court appeal is heard.
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