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Utah Attorney General Asks For Extension In Same-Sex Benefits Case

6a00d8341c730253ef01a511f6856b970c-200wiUtah Attorney General Sean Reyes has asked the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for an extension in filing his appeal of a federal judge’s decision that the state must grant spousal benefits to the nearly 1,200 same-sex couples that were married after the state’s ban on gay marriage was struck down. If granted the extension, Reyes and his office would have until October 22 (instead of September 22) to file. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Attorney are asking for the extension due to the fact that the case is "factually and legally complex" and that the attorneys on the case already have a busy workload, according to the brief.

The state notes in its brief that he plaintiffs oppose their motion for an extension.

The suit was brought by four couples who were married in the immediate aftermath of the historic Dec. 20 decision by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby that overturned Utah’s voter-approved ban on same-sex unions.

After the U.S. Supreme court halted all same-sex weddings to allow Utah an opportunity to appeal the case, the state refused to extend spousal benefits to those gay and lesbian Utahns who had married, saying the stay ensured the state could continue to operate under its previously established "status quo."

Following SCOTUS' granting a stay, U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball ordered that same-sex couples that were wed in Utah must be granted the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. However, the U.S. Supreme Court again intervened, staying Kimball's ruling pending the state's appeal. 

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  1. This is just ridiculous and it is obviously never going to stop. Utah et al are going to repeatedly seek 'more time' while married couples suffer the consequences of not being recognized. Enough is enough. The Court should deny the request and allow the same-sex married couples the same benefits as the straight married couples. If the Supreme Court wants to change that down the road they have that option but it wouldn't be likely - and that's exactly why the Right Wing of Religious fanatics in Utah are aware of. They will ultimately lose but if they can just drag it along for the next fifty years...

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 19, 2014 6:08:00 PM

  2. Mr. Ryan you hit it right on the head. Why aren't we calling on Utah, for example on their history which believed in having multiple spouses? Isn't this like calling the kettle black? How dare Utah even question the question of marriage! If the United States government hadn't told Utah that they had to outlaw this practice to become a State it will have still gone on. Yes, Utah your a fine example of marriage based on your history.

    Posted by: Dawson | Aug 19, 2014 6:21:21 PM

  3. Maybe Facebook will donate another $10K to his campaign to show how much they disagree with him!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 19, 2014 6:24:40 PM

  4. Do these a-holes really get extensions because they have a "busy workload"? I mean really...could I pay my income taxes by May 15th please Madame IRS...April is just looking too hectic already.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Aug 19, 2014 7:25:27 PM

  5. The court, being reasonable, will grant an extension. Nothing ridiculous about it and nothing to get worked up about.

    And recognition of these marriages in the short term is not the main issue.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 19, 2014 9:59:14 PM

  6. @Bill: "recognition of these marriages in the short term is not the main issue", except if your spouse becomes ill, is injured, or you have a child, or any one of a host of life-altering events. Your lax attitude is shameful. Justice delayed is justice denied. Why should same-sex couples have to wait even one more day to have their rights recognized under law? One day more is a day too long.

    Posted by: RWG | Aug 19, 2014 10:31:36 PM

  7. Too busy... windsurfing off Nantucket, I'm sure.

    The courts will grant the extension because they'll want to quiet the bigoted masses and because inconveniencing gay people is never an issue for straight ones.

    Tik-toc, Utah. It ain't gonna last. As stated above, visibility is key. Any hardship case should be leveraged to the hilt in media.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Aug 19, 2014 11:32:29 PM

  8. Dont even THINK to bother arguing with someone who is a lackey of the morehole church

    Posted by: Bob K | Aug 20, 2014 6:55:18 AM

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