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Utah Ends Gay Marriage Ban

By Charlotte Robinson, December 20, 2013

Perhaps the state-by-state marriage equality concept may work faster than we thought. In Salt Lake City, Utah today a federal judge struck down Utah's gay marriage ban, saying it’s unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah's law passed by homophobic voters in 2004 violates gay & lesbian couples' rights to due process & equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing gay & lesbian marriages would affect heterosexual marriages in any way & the state's unsupported fears & speculations are insufficient to justify denying gay marriages. Attorneys for the state argued that Utah's law promotes the state's interest in "responsible procreation" & the "optimal mode of child-rearing." The lawsuit was brought by three Utah gay & lesbian couples, Derek Kitchen & Moudi Sbeity; Karen Archer & Kate Call; & Laurie Wood & Kody Partridge, who wished to be either married in Utah or were legally married elsewhere & wanted their home state to recognize their marriage. This may be the case that cracks all the anti gay marriage constitutional amendments that were passed in other homophobic red states where similar court challenges are pending. Of course this is amazing because Utah is the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are one of the worse opponents of marriage equality. Updates To Come…:)
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