Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-sex Marriages
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“Though future marriages are on hold for now, the state should recognize as valid those marriages that have already been issued, and those couples should continue to be treated as married by the federal government,” Meija said.
But today, the Supreme Court put all future same-sex marriages in Utah on hold while an appeal against Shelby’s ruling is pending. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is tabbed with handling emergency appeals, sent the appeal over to the rest of the Supreme Court.
Unsurprisingly, both sides of the argument are confident they’ll win.
“The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless, and we are pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage.
Meanwhile HRC president Chad Griffin voiced his displeasure on the Court’s decision.
“Utahns and other Americans have witnessed the joy that marriage has brought to hundreds of loving and committed couples over the past few weeks. While it is disappointing that the dreams of many more will be put on hold, we know that in the end justice will be served and no couple will be excluded from this cherished institution,” Griffin said in a statement.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals court will hear arguments from state officials against the ban, as well as from three gay and lesbian couples in support of Shelby’s ruling, according to ABC News.
But not all of Utah state officials are in favor of the ban. Jackie Biskupski, a retired Utah state representative, told USA Today that the Supreme Court’s actions are out of touch with what Utahns want.
“I’m not surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court would do this. They’re more conservative,” Biskupski said.
“There were no protests here, ever. I think that speaks volumes about how the general public here is ready to say, ‘We’re done with this fight. Let’s start treating people equally. We don’t like what it’s doing to our families and our friends.’”
The 10th Circuit Court is set to make haste and deliver a brief on the matter later this month. Until then, many same-sex couples are caught in marriage limbo.
I’m a spring intern at RVA Mag and GayRVA. I recently got my degree in journalism from Virginia Tech, where I also wrote for the Collegiate Times newspaper. I spent the first half of my life as an impatient New Yorker, but I grew up here in Richmond, buying skateboards from Dominion, seeing shows at Alley Katz, and watching VCU Rams basketball games. I like everything bagels, wasting my money on clothes I don’t need, moombahton music, and cycling. I probably fell down putting on my pants this morning.
If both the constitutional and the statutory bans are not removed, there is a feasible path to undoing same-sex marriageJanuary 16, 2017
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