Federal appeals court strikes down gay marriage ban in Utah, Indiana judge also makes ruling

By Elizabeth Learned,

A federal appeals court backed ending the gay marriage ban in Utah on Wednesday, the same day a federal judge in Indiana also ruled that state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

According to the New York Times, the ruling cited the Fourteenth Amendment, noting that everyone has the right to get married, regardless of the “sex of the persons in the marriage union.”

However, the state of Utah will challenge the court’s ruling, but things aren't looking good with now two losses on the matter.

Besides the decision regarding Utah’s ban, a federal judge in Indiana also ruled the state’s gay marriage ban to be unconstitutional, although that state will most likely see an appeal form the attorney general’s office.

Reuters reported that the decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Utah did stay the verdict and the attorney general for the state will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

The governor of the conservative state, Gary Herbert, found the ruling disappointing and he felt states should be able to make a decision about certain issues.

In Indiana, Judge Richard Young stated the ban on gay marriage was in violation of the due process and equal protection clauses that are in the Constitution, similar to other rulings across the country.

There is also a battle in Florida over the gay marriage ban as well, as that state’s attorney has vowed to defend the measures that had been put in place by voter approval.



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