Utah Taking Gay Marriage to Supreme Court
State will appeal directly to highest court
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2014 3:23 PM CDT
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban Derek Kitchen, right, and partner Moudi Sbeity hug after leaving court in Denver in April.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – Utah wants an answer once for all about whether it can ban gay marriage, so it's going straight to the Supreme Court. The state's attorney general said today that he plans to appeal last month's federal appeals court ruling that declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Last month's ruling came from a three-judge panel on the 10th Circuit Court, and Attorney General Sean Reyes could have first asked all 12 judges on the federal court to re-examine the decision. Instead, he plans to file an appeal in "the coming weeks" to the Supreme Court "to obtain clarity and resolution from the highest court."

Of course, just because Utah is filing an appeal doesn't necessarily mean the Supreme Court will take the case, or at least do so quickly. While it's a safe bet that the issue will be decided there eventually, the justices may wait for the five other cases currently on the docket in appeals courts around the nation to be decided as well, a law professor tells AP. Still, the respected SCOTUSblog predicts via tweet that the court will agree to hear the case later this year, listen to arguments in March, and issue a decision in June.

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DonF
Jul 10, 2014 1:31 PM CDT
I wonder how many millions that bigot will waste fighting for the right to discriminate?
Janine
Jul 9, 2014 11:48 PM CDT
So, it's okay to marry multiple women but it's immoral to marry the one person you love if they're the same gender? Whatever Utah.
Marenelli
Jul 9, 2014 11:09 PM CDT
I think its time to either abolish marriage or divorce. With the divorce rate at over 50% and now gays getting married, marriage has become a laughing stock