Skip to comments.Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling to US Supreme Court as Final Holdout Counties Distribute Licenses
Posted on 12/27/2013 12:32:52 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Utah announced its plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a district judge's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The state announced its appeal plans Thursday as Utah's last four holdout counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following the orders of Gov. Gary Herbert.
The office of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said that the state will consult with outside attorneys in the coming days and seek an emergency stay with the Supreme Court as soon as possible. "The Attorney General's Office is preparing an application to the United States Supreme Court requesting a stay of the district court's order," the attorney general's office said in a statement.
"Due to the necessity of coordination with outside counsel the filing of the appeal may be delayed for a few days. It is the intent of the Attorney General's Office to file with the Supreme Court as soon as possible."
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will receive the emergency appeal request because she has jurisdiction over Utah and surrounding states. The magnitude of the state's appeal could cause her to request all of the Supreme Court Justices to offer their opinion on the case.
Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional because it violated the right to equal protection and due process under the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Shelby wrote in his ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage violated couples' "fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason."
Sixty-six percent of Utah's residents voted in 2004 to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman. Utah is considered to be a more conservative state on the issue of same-sex marriage, due in part to its large Mormon population and the religion's belief that marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman.
On Monday, the state requested a temporary stay in the district judge's ruling, arguing that they wanted to see the case play out in the appeals court before the state actually allowed same-sex couples to start marrying.
Judge Shelby refused to grant a temporary stay in his own ruling, and the state was also denied an emergency stay by the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
The Utah attorney general's office has said it is appealing Judge Shelby's ruling because the "federal district court's ruling that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right has never been established in any previous case in the 10th Circuit [Court of Appeals]."
As Utah announced its plans to appeal to the Supreme Court, the last of the state's holdout counties began issuing same-sex marriage licenses after Gov. Gary Herbert ordered them to do so. Four counties, including Box Elder, Utah, Piute and San Juan had previously refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses in spite of Shelby's ruling.
County clerks told the Associated Press that they had little choice in issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant an emergency stay on Tuesday. The counties could reportedly be held in contempt of federal court if they continued to refuse to issue the licenses.
San Juan County Clerk Norman Johnson told AP that he was hesitant to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses because he feels it is not the will of the voters who put him in office over a decade ago, but ultimately the county clerks must abide by state orders. "We have no choice," Johnson said Thursday. "The scales have tipped. It's not the way I want to see things go. But the law's the law, and I accept it. It's time."
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert ordered all counties to comply with Shelby's orders, although he made it clear he disagreed with the judge's ruling. "I am very disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the will of the people of Utah."
What was a sick joke 50 years ago and a stupid liberal idea 20 years ago is now "settled law." BARF!
Time to take country back from a corrupt immoral Supreme Court.
Was never intended for the Court to have this much power, we really messed up the last 50 years or so
A Puerto Rican Spaniard hegemonist oversees the legal landscape of the American Intermountain West.
It's enough to say that the compact is broken, the Union has self dissolved.
Oh Wait. Gary Herbert, alleged American, appointed Sean Reyes, angry hispanic as the Attorney General of the State of Utah. A place the Spaniards passed through 5 centuries ago and...ignored.
Guess they deserve what they get.
What’s gonna happen when president Cruz declares gay marriage illegal by executive order?
“U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will receive the emergency appeal request because she has jurisdiction over Utah and surrounding states.”
I wonder how Sonya will rule?
” following the orders of Gov. Gary Herbert. “
Is this guy missing two things between his legs? The counties were willing to stand firm. WTH?
Gov. Gary Herbert needs to be impeached.
the Utah bureaucrats are obeying their federal masters ...
So why would conservatives want to buy a license and prop up caesars idea of “marriage” in the first place?
Utah should have defied that court ruling
“Whats gonna happen when president Cruz declares gay marriage illegal by executive order?”
He will not. There is 0 pressure from conservative electorate to have this reversed. If tomorrow the SC legalized gay marriage across US, the decision would be met by a collective shrug, just look at Utah. If the people do not rise up, don’t expect a politician to risk his career to save the nation in the face of collective apathy.
When bureaucrats are not held accountable by the public, they will naturally look up to sources of perceived authority. Blame is with public, not bureaucracy.
I wonder, what would happened if a judge in Russia or Pakistan or Ethiopia who made a similar decision?
I think that's why they went for the reddest state. If Utah does not care, America as a whole certainly does not care. People don't want to believe it, but it's true: the country many of us knew and loved is OVER.
I have become convinced in the last few days that we ARE experiencing God’s judgement right now for our sin....this continual and rapid moral decline is the Almighty turning us over to our sinful desires.
The call of His followers is to remain faithful even as the world around us crumbles. He will not abandon us, and we must not abandon Him.
But increasingly it appears the time for rescuing this nation from ruin may be over. We are Jeremiah or perhaps Isaiah witnessing the nation and its leaders devolving into perdition...calling (rightfully) for a return to our moral compass, yet realizing it probably won’t happen.
Not trying to be defeatist, just realistic.
Remain faithful regardless of the world around you. Be Noah.
That’s what I’m thinking -
66% of the state’s people voted for this and one man
substituted his “superior” decision for all these people.
Sorry bud, we aren’t buying it.
Try to enforce your ruling if you dare.
That’s what Romans 1:18 says - the wrath of God is revealed from heaven as [all the stuff you’re seeing happening in the USA today].
The depravity of homosexuality and the acceptance thereof is the final stages of the “giving over” of a depraved people to their rejection of God’s Law.
Utah is interesting. The average Mormon is alot more conservative than the average Catholic or Protestant. But a Mormon is also least likely to toss a brick at a cop or burn cars when things don’t go his way. Hence it is hard to tell if Utah is representative.
Just don’t do it.
Utah should issue a sodomy license to same-sex couples and a marriage license to male-female couples. There is no same-sex marriage....it’s sodomy.
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