SALT LAKE CITY – The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals shot down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Wednesday, reaffirming the original ruling made by a federal district judge last year. However, the court also placed a stay on the ruling pending Utah’s likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court stated in its ruling:
We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws. A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.
Amendment 3, Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, was originally struck down as unconstitutional by federal district Judge Robert Shelby Dec. 20, 2013. Before a stay was placed on the ruling by the Supreme Court Jan 6, 2014, over 1,200 same-sex couples were married in the state.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has previously stated he will take the case to the Supreme Court.
Read the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling in its entirety here.
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