Utah Seeks to Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Now Utah’s legal, political, and social journey to define the limits of civil marriage — playing out in surprising and rapidly evolving ways — will be publicly debated Thursday in a federal courtroom.
There a three-judge appeals panel will hear oral arguments over Proposition 3, Utah’s decade-old, voter-approved measure that defines marriage as only between one-man and one-woman. It also does not recognize the unions of Utah same-sex couples legally married elsewhere.
An important question
What the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals does in the Utah case and a similar challenge over Oklahoma’s ban could be the driving legal force that seems certain to land again at the steps of the Supreme Court, perhaps by year’s end.