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Topic - Robert J. Shelby
Utah state attorneys told a federal judge Wednesday that it is reasonable to freeze benefits for more than 1,000 newly married gay and lesbian couples because their rights are not permanently vested until an appeal court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban.
It's more than a little ironic that Utah, which was forced to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman as a condition for statehood, has been thrust into the role of traditional marriage's champion by two pivotal cases involving same-sex couples and polygamy.
Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge's narrow view of a "new and fundamentally different definition of marriage."
A federal judge said Monday he will allow gay marriage in Utah to continue, denying a request from the state to halt same-sex weddings until the appeals process plays out.
A federal judge denied Monday the Utah attorney general's request for a stay of his ruling allowing same-sex marriages, clearing the path for gay couples to marry in what may be the nation's most socially conservative state.
In one of the most socially conservative states in the country, a federal judge in Utah on Friday struck down a voter-passed ban on same-sex marriage, saying it was unconstitutional.
He said the 2004-voter approved ban violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.