High court may consider hearing Utah’s same-sex marriage case

SALT LAKE CITY – The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will meet in a conference on Sept. 29 to consider petitions for potential cases to be heard in its 2014-15 term. Petitioned cases being considered were listed on the Supreme Court’s docket Wednesday, and include Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. Along with Utah, petitions from Indiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Virginia related to those state’s same-sex marriage bans were also listed.

There are seven petitions in all that have the potential to be looked at, three of which were filed by Virginia.

Though the Supreme Court may look at Utah’s case, it is under no obligation to move forward with it. It may even choose to move forward with a similar case from one of the other petitioning states on the matter.

Amendment 3, Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, was struck down as unconstitutional on Dec. 20, 2013 by federal District Judge Robert Shelby. For the next 17 days, over 1,200 same-sex couples married in Utah before the Supreme Court were granted a stay on Shelby’s ruling on Jan. 6, pending a final outcome of the state’s appeal.

Both sides in the same-sex marriage debate want the high court to hear the matter so it can finally be put to rest. The justices would finally rule on whether or not individual states have the right to define marriage within their borders.

“Over the past month, defendants have filed their petitions seeking Supreme Court review, and in each case, the winning plaintiffs have agreed that it’s time for the Supreme Court to resolve the question and end the uncertainty and harm that millions of American families face every day,” the group Utah Unites for Marriage posted on it’s website.

In a statement related to Utah’s request to the Supreme Court to hear the Amendment 3 case filed Aug. 5, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said the court’s taking up the case could provide a “clear finality on the important issue of state authority to define marriage.”

While the high court put the possible consideration of the same-sex marriage cases on it’s docket, Wednesday, the Utah Attorney General’s Office also filed a final brief to the court in the Amendment 3 case, claiming it “is the best available vehicle for resolving the question presented.”

In the brief, the state offers reasons why the justices should pick its case over other states. Among those reasons include Utah’s law being “representative of other states’ laws,” and it addressing the matter of a state having to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. The brief also reiterates the claim that forcing the state to approve of same-sex marriage could conflict with religious liberties.

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  • koolaid September 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Utahans should not be concerned about two adult people wanting to be married. The things Utahans should worry about and criminalize are those guys molesting dogs, horses and small children, especially those pervs who claim their aversion for underage girls is a religious right.

    • Proudpatriot September 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Koolaid your so cool, I’ve thought about that myself, I’m wondering if Utah change the definition of marriage from a union between one man and one woman to something else, Than dogs ad horses would be OK and perverts would be OK. What do you think big boy .

      • Koolaid September 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm

        Think how happy the local Dixieites would be marrying their dogs, horses, sheep and other livestock. I seriously think some of them have more affection and attachment to their animals than they do with other people.

    • Proudpatriot September 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Would it be politically incorrect that your perversion is better than another , you better get back to your liberal ideology , your confusing me.

  • pow September 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

    So you’re saying you have an affection for underage girls koolaid? Or maybe just an infection which you’ve shared with your jail buddies.

    a strong dislike or disinclination.
    “he had a deep-seated aversion to most forms of exercise”
    synonyms: dislike of, antipathy for, distaste for, abhorrence of, hatred of, odium of, loathing of, detestation of, hostility toward;

    • Koolaid September 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you for pointing out my typo and correcting me on my word use. The antonym for aversion is penchant, or your word affection, which describes the religiously oriented group said to marry off young girls to much older men, a group that appears to enjoy freedom to participate in this behavior. I stand corrected. My mistake for not looking up the definition for aversion.

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