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Marriage

Case: Kitchen v. Herbert

STATUS: Pending, Utah

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Three same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states.

The lawsuit argues that Utah’s laws barring same-sex couples from marrying and prohibiting the state from respecting the marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

On December 20, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples is unconstitutional. The State of Utah has appealed that decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

The couples, who live in Salt Lake and Wasatch Counties, are Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, Karen Archer and Kate Call, and Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge. They are represented by Peggy Tomsic of the Salt Lake City law firm of Magleby & Greenwood, P.C., Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders Legal Director Gary Buseck and Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto, Neal Katyal of the law firm of Hogan Lovells, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

On June 25, 2014, the  Tenth Circuit ruled that Utah’s ban on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.  The decision is the first federal appellate court ruling in a freedom to marry case since the United States Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 that the federal government must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples.

On August 5, 2014, the State of Utah asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review the Tenth Circuit’s decision.  The Tenth Circuit’s decision states that Utah couples will not be able to marry until after the Supreme Court decides whether to review the case.  If the Supreme Court decides to review the case, couples will not be able to marry until after the Supreme Court issues its decision.

Read all U.S. Supreme Court and Tenth Circuit Court briefs for Utah marriage case.

Read Utah plaintiffs’ brief asking U.S. Supreme Court to hear case.

Read the State of Utah’s Petition for U.S. Supreme Court to review Tenth Circuit decision.

Read the Tenth Circuit’s decision.

Read the Utah Plaintiffs’ brief.

Listen to the oral argument before Tenth Circuit.

 

Read More From the Plaintiffs:

DerekMoudiDeck

Meet Derek Kitchen (back) and Moudi Sbeity

KodyLaurieDog

Meet Kody Partridge (right) and Laurie Wood.

 

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