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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Courts - Thursday in the 10th Circuit, constitutionality of Utah same sex marriage ban review

Pete Williams of NBC News had this story yesterday that began:

he constitutionality of banning same-sex marriage comes for the first time ever before a federal appeals court this week, as challenges pile up nationwide on an issue moving rapidly through the legal system.

A three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver will hear oral arguments Thursday about a ruling four months ago that struck down the ban on marriage for gay couples in Utah.

Permitting same-sex marriage, the state argues in its appeals court filing, would impose a new definition, "shifting the public meaning of marriage away from a largely child-centric institution."

Such a move toward a more adult-oriented view would "pose real, concrete risks to children — especially in future generations," the state says.

But lawyers for the challengers respond in their submission that laws like Utah's "do nothing to encourage opposite-sex couples to marry or have children and serve only to stigmatize and harm same-sex couples and their children."

How Appealing has links to stories here and here. This post links to interesting stories about the attorneys involved.

"National, local businesses file briefs supporting same-sex marriage" is the headline to this long story by Dennis Romboy in the Deseret News.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 9, 2014 08:37 AM
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