News Short: State seeks dismissal of appeal, recognizes same-sex marriage

ST. GEORGE –  Utah Federal Solicitor and Chief of Staff Parker Douglas filed a motion in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday, asking the court to dismiss the state’s appeal of a preliminary injunction issued by the district court requiring recognition of the same-sex marriages of Jonell Evans and others.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the state’s request for review of its laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman and its right to so define legal marriage in Utah. Following the high court’s denial of review, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay it had in place, thereby renewing its earlier mandate that the state issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“With this court’s mandate in effect,” Douglas wrote in his motion to dismiss, “Utah is constitutionally required to recognize the marriages of the same-sex couples who were plaintiffs in the action. Therefore, the State of Utah’s appeal of the district court’s order of preliminary injunction requiring such recognition, as the law stands today, is moot.”

The motion was made with consent of the opposing parties’ counsel. The case will remand to the district court for determination of fees and costs.


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  • Dana October 7, 2014 at 3:56 pm

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  • Tinker Toys October 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

    My neighbor is a Mormon bishop. He said he has already had several members ask him about getting polygamy going again in the church. He said its only a matter of time before it is back.

    • laytonian October 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Polygamy itself is not the problem.
      It’s when there is a shortage of women that the men look towards the little girls and kick the young boys out as “competition”.

    • Simone October 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Back? when did the practice that Mormons call “Polygamy” but is really pedophilia ever leave Utah?

      • Lance October 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        You keep claiming polygamy equates to pedophilia, yet you support homo marriage. I’d be interested in what you think about homos adopting children or getting themselves turkey basted. On my side I think agencies that assist homos abuse children that way should be criminally prosecuted for handing them over to perverts.

        • Simone October 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

          First of all, POLYGAMY DOES NOT EQUATE TO PEDOPHILIA! what is going on down in Hildale and Coloado city is NOT polygamy and I do not support it. Secondly, the rest of your response is so incoherent that I’d swear it was written by a first grader if I didn’t know any better. If you rewrite it like an adult who is capable of forming full sentences, I will reply. 🙂

    • Kim October 8, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      The problem with polygamy is that the husband, when engaging in the second relationship, also affects the first relationship but the first wife does not have a say in the matter legally. The consent issue is going to be HUGE in this case, while the consent issue is absent in the same-sex marriage cases. So unless the mormons work out a way that polygamy is only possible when the first wife signs all the same paperwork as well showing her consent to the changes relationship.

      • Lance October 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

        I think a polygamist should have to have 4 or more wives, not merely 2, and 3 wives leads to a 2 vs 1 situation so that should be a no-no as well. No cat fighting. Four, 4 is the right minimum number.

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