« Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today, sentencing vacated and remanded | Main | Ind. Courts - More on "Special prosecutor to decide on Clark County Drug Court investigation" »

Friday, February 07, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - AG Zoeller to file briefs in Utah and Oklahoma same sex marriage appeals to the 10th Circuit

Attorney General Zoeller has notified the 10th Circuit that the State of Indiana intends to file an amicus brief in the cases involving same-sex marriage appeals from Utah and Oklahoma.

According to a Jan. 28th story in the Salt Lake Tribune:

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to let the same trio of judges hear same-sex marriage cases on appeal from Utah and Oklahoma.

The court also agreed Tuesday that it will allow amicus briefs to be filed jointly in the cases from the two states, though the cases will have separate filing and oral argument schedules.

A Feb. 7th story from the same paper reports that so far, 17 groups "have given the court notice they plan to file amicus briefs in the case." The list includes the State of Indiana.

The Guardian had an overview of the Utah and Oklahoma cases in this Feb. 4th story by Amana Holpuch. The Utah case is Kitchen v. Herbert, here is the Dec. 20, 2013 federal DC Utah opinion by Judge Robert J. Shelby.

The Jan. 14th Oklahoma ruling, Bishop v. Smith, was decided by Judge Terence C. Kern of United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

The U of Mich. Law School Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse has some of the Kitchen documents.

In 2010, AG Zoeller involved the State of Indiana in the 9th Circuit case concerning California's Proposition 8. Here is a copy of the Indiana brief.

In 2013, the Indiana Attorney General made the State of Indiana the lead party in amicus briefs opposing marriage equality in both of the Prop 8 and DOMA cases then pending before the SCOTUS.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 7, 2014 06:30 PM
Posted to Indiana Government