Utah asks Supreme Court to block judge's ruling allowing same-sex marriage

  • Article by: PAUL FOY , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 8:46 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state's voter-approved ban.

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tituspulloDec. 31, 13 3:47 PM

Supreme Court to Utah..."Go pound sand...welcome to the 21st century. Evolve or get out of the way...your choice."

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be123456Dec. 31, 13 4:03 PM

Utah is a theocracy and until that is changed, (which is not in the near future) the Joseph's Myth followers will continue to rule and look quite silly. The law was overturned by a Federal Judge, appointed by George Bush and will stand up to a challenge in the Supreme Court of the United States.

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ericgus55Dec. 31, 13 5:58 PM

If their only arguments are 'the voters don't want it' and 'it's morally offensive to many people,' they won't get anywhere. The Federal Judge ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage violated the US Constitution (people deprived of liberty without due process, people deprived of equal protection of the law), so they've got to come with a better argument than 'we don't like it,' because federal law (especially the Constitution) trumps state law. I hope that opponents of same-sex marriage can accept that this is how its going to go, because it's not going back to the way it was.

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equal4all55Jan. 1, 14 6:43 AM

From the article: "On average children navigate developmental stages more easily, perform better academically, have fewer emotional disorders and become better functioning adults when reared in that environment," it says. This is pure rhetoric not based on any facts. The gay couples that I know are wonderful parents. Their is no evidence that children of gay couples suffer any disadvantages in developement compared to heterosexual couples. The mormons are OK with polygamy but want to force their views on others' ability to marry, no thanks!

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carbonbigfotJan. 1, 14 9:45 AM

The federal district court judge should have kept his nose out of this. Marriage is a state issue, not a federal issue. There is nothing in the US Constitution regarding marriage. There is a big problem in this country when a single judge can overturn a law just because he doesn't like it. What's next, judges invalidating speed limit laws just because they got a ticket?

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jimdogJan. 1, 1411:08 AM

"There is nothing in the US Constitution regarding marriage. There is a big problem in this country when a single judge can overturn a law just because he doesn't like it".................. We will find out soon because the Supreme Court is likely to rule this week. If this judge truly made a mistake then the High Court will overturn. It is my guess the ruling will be upheld. Freedom will be triumphant.

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foneboothJan. 1, 1411:52 AM

"The federal district court judge should have kept his nose out of this. Marriage is a state issue, not a federal issue. There is nothing in the US Constitution regarding marriage. There is a big problem in this country when a single judge can overturn a law just because he doesn't like it. What's next, judges invalidating speed limit laws just because they got a ticket?"...apparently you do not understand the legal system. There is nothing wrong with a singe judge overturning a law, if the "injured" party can make a case for it, it can be appealed to a higher court. And there could easily be a supreme court case over a speeding ticket if constitutional issues seem present in the case. Just because you don't agree with the outcome doesn't mean anything is wrong with the system.

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foneboothJan. 1, 1412:04 PM

Approve or disapprove, I don't think there is any articulate reason to not give the lgbt community the right to marry. For one thing, no one has hurt marriage more than heterosexuals. And as far as kids go, lots of children have lived with lots of extreme situations over the centuries and survived just fine. In many areas of life we have to learn to separate our own biases from the reality of a situation. Just because I disagree doesn't give me the right to oppress anyone because of it. And don't throw the bible around...it won't convince me because there are so many contradictions in it. The bible (and other religious texts) have been used to justify all manner of atrocities in history...it is a heavily edited text that may serve to better one person's life, but should not be the basis to oppress an otherwise honest, law abiding people.

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kd5757Jan. 1, 1412:15 PM

"On average children navigate developmental stages more easily, perform better academically, have fewer emotional disorders and become better functioning adults when reared in that environment,".............The Utah AG should have done his homework instead of just using NOM talking points. He would have seen that the research he cited compared married heterosexual parents with single parents or co-habitating heterosexual parents. The research comparing same-sex parents with heterosexual married parents do not show any differences between their children. The Utah AG may fool the "faithful" in Utah but the SCOTUS isn't fooled by his bogus claims as they know every researched-based professional organization from the medical, psychological, sociological, etc. fields that have weighed in on same-sex marriage and/or adoption by gay parents have supported gay and lesbian parenting and/or marriage. The Utah AG is about to find out like others have before him that he won't have a leg to stand on trying to defend bigotry.

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kd5757Jan. 1, 1412:18 PM

"Marriage is a state issue, not a federal issue."......Tell that to the southern states that had their laws banning interracial marriage invalidated by SCOTUS.

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