Utah Attorney General Takes Same-Sex Marriage Fight To Supreme Court
Utah is officially taking its same-sex marriage case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Utah Attorney General’s office on Tuesday filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to review a lower court’s ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
“My responsibility is to defend the State Constitution and its amendments as Utah citizens have enacted them,” Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) said in a statement. “We recognize this litigation has caused uncertainty and disruption and have accordingly tried to expedite its resolution as quickly as possible by filing our petition a full month-and-a-half before its September 23rd due date. Utah welcomes a speedy grant of the petition and a Supreme Court merits decision, as all Utah citizens will benefit when the Supreme Court provides clear finality on the important issue of state authority to define marriage.”
Both sides welcome a quick resolution, with proponents of same-sex marriage encouraged by a string of 35 consecutive legal victories since the Supreme Court granted federal recognition to same-sex married couples last summer. Twenty of those decisions have come from federal courts, twelve from state courts and three have been issued by federal appellate courts, according to a count maintained by Freedom to Marry, which advocates for same-sex marriage.
Think the Supreme Court will agree to hear the case, Instincters? Do you think they'll rule in our favor?