Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Utah Files First Cert Petition In Same-Sex Marriage Challenges

The state of Utah-- acting 6 weeks before its deadline-- yesterday became the first to file a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the growing number of decisions striking down state bans on same sex-marriage. The petition (full text) in Herbert v. Kitchen urges Supreme Court review of the 10th Circuit's 2-1 decision (see prior posting), saying in part:
This case presents an immensely important question: whether the United States Constitution compels states to adopt a single marriage policy that every individual is allowed “to marry the person of their choice.”... The Tenth Circuit said yes and struck down Utah’s definition—statutorily enacted and adopted into the Utah Constitution by two-thirds of voters in a statewide referendum—that marriage is only between a man and a woman. That ruling deprives Utah citizens of the “fundamental right” to “act through a lawful electoral process,” ... and ignores that the Constitution says nothing about how states must define marriage.
Salt Lake Tribune reports on the filing, and SCOTUS Blog has more background.