Utah appeals court strikes down same-sex marriage ban in major ruling

n a significant first, a U.S. appeals court has struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage, creating greater political and legal momentum for the Supreme Court to decide whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to wed.
It happened on Wednesday in Utah, where a panel ruled 2-1 against the prohibition, saying that any couple, regardless of sexual orientation, has the right to marry. Enforcement of the decision was stayed temporarily.
“We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws,” the majority opinion from the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said.

“A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union,” the court said…

Unclear is whether the Utah appeals court decision would also apply to the other five states within its jurisdiction in the Midwest and Mountain West. Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban was also before it.

In the meantime, Hillary Hall, clerk and recorder for Boulder County, Colorado, said Wednesday that she would begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

This is huge. It could mean the simultaneous dismantling of any existing same-sex marriage bans in Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

It is huge, in a very sad way that an abomination such as Same sex “Marriage” would become the norm. God help us when he punishes for our transgressions.

Two states in one day… :frowning:

The Democrats and liberal federal judges are ruining this nation… I feel ashamed for ever voting for one. :imsorry:

This was expected based upon how the Supreme Court ruled last year. It will have to be decided once and for all at the Supreme Court and this may be the case that will do it.

Very sad indeed.

Greats news for civil rights and freedom loving Americans. :thumbsup:

It is no more up to the courts to define marriage than it is up to them to define that the pythagorean theorem is true of right triangles. This is same court system that sanctions the mass murder of more than one million innocent babies per year, so I wouldn’t be surprised what ever anti-constitutional metaphysical absurdity they want to put forth given the moral abomination they already put out back in 1973.

Yet another case of an activist judge imposing a politically correct opinion on a state that does not want it. :(:mad:

It’s not just liberal judges… The judge in Indiana was a bush appointee supported by one of the staunchest anti-gay members of Congress.

It is up to the courts to determine whether laws uphold the Constitution. They did their job. Even laws passed by popular vote are subject to the Constitution.

I apologize. I mixed up cases (not hard to do with so many courts ruling in favor of marriage equality). The Indiana judge was appointed by President Clinton. One of the judges in the tenth circuit was appointed by President Bush and supported by Senator Inhofe.

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