Utah appealing same-sex marriage ruling to Supreme Court

By Kyle Johnson,

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced Wednesday that the state will appeal a recent appellate court ruling striking down same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In late June, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state's gay marriage ban violated the Fourteenth Amendment, siding with a federal judge's earlier ruling.

Knowing the state would almost certainly appeal their ruling, they stayed their decision for the time being, keeping gay couples waiting a while longer to potentially get married in Utah.

According to USA Today, Reyes opted to head to the Supreme Court for the appeal, instead of seeking a ruling from the complete 10th Circuit appellate court, though there is no guarantee enough justices will vote in favor of hearing the case.

They could also decide to take the case and watch to see how lower federal courts rule on several appeals across the United States, with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals likely to be the next to come to a decision.

The Salt Lake Tribune notes that ahead of the announcement, more than 3,800 petitions were sent to Gov. Gary Herbert asking to have the appeals court's decision stand.



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