Utah Attorney General Wants Gay Marriage Case Moved to State Supreme Court
The Utah Attorney General wants a gay marriage case moved to the state Suprme Court, FOX13 reports:
In a filing late Friday in U.S. District Court, the state asked Judge Dale Kimball to move part of the case to the Utah Supreme Court. They argue that one of the couples is in the midst of an adoption case, which the Utah Attorney General’s Office is already dealing with in state court.
The lawsuit, originally filed in West Jordan’s 3rd District Court, was moved to federal court at the request of the Utah Attorney General’s Office. In the Friday filing, the state denies claims by the plaintiffs that they are “manufacturing standing” and “flouting the litigation process.”
Four couples and the ACLU of Utah are suing the state for refusing to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed after U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Amendment 3. Gov. Gary Herbert initially ordered state agencies to provide benefits and services to married same-sex couples, then reversed the position after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the marriages pending an appeal of Amendment 3.
Read the court filing HERE.