Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
Utah’s state leaders are doing everything in their power to block loving committed same-sex couples and their families from receiving state protections.
On December 20, 2013, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional “because it denies the Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Over the weeks that followed, more than 1,300 same-sex couples legally married in Utah before the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay pending final disposition of the appeal by Tenth Circuit.
Then, in late June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the lower court ruling that the amendment to the Utah Constitution barring marriage equality violated the U.S. Constitution.
Now, Governor Herbert and Attorney General Reyes have vowed to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to extend the stay.
Join Utah Unites for Marriage in calling on the governor and attorney general to end their crusade against Utah’s married same-sex couples.Sign the petition now.