Utah, in a bid to be as cool as New Mexico, turned on marriage equality today. Although we'll see if the legal decision is changed in the near-ish future...
Hours later, the Utah attorney general's office appealed the decision to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and said it would seek an emergency stay of the ruling "as quickly as we can get it taken care of" in its effort to support Utah's Amendment 3.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert released a statement that said he was "very
disappointed an activist federal judge is attempting to override the
will of the people of Utah" and said he would work with Acting Attorney
General Brian L. Tarbet "to determine the best course to defend
traditional marriage within the borders of Utah."
Sean Reyes, Bob Smith and Tarbet, all candidates to replace former Attorney General John Swallow, who resigned under investigation earlier this month, have said they would not simply accept a federal ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which remained on the sidelines during the district court process unfolding in its home state, broke that silence Friday.
"The church has been consistent in its support of traditional marriage while teaching that all people should be treated with respect," said spokesman Cody Craynor. "This ruling by a district court will work its way through the judicial process. We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state constitution that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and we are hopeful that this view will be validated by a higher court."
... the National Organization on Marriage said the decision was a "travesty of justice" and an example of "vetoing the voters from the bench."
Time will tell whether Utah will continue having marriage equality or if it will turn it back off until the next legal challenge.