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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 Washington Post reports

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?



Part of me doesn't think that they will take the case, mainly because they have already made their ruling last summer making it clear that the US constitution can not restrict same sex couples from marrying. However, in light of recent events, I do believe that they will take the case and I absolutely believe, without a shadow of doubt, that they will rule for equality. I just hope that it's a land slide and not a 5 to 4 vote.

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