Salt Lake City, Utah – Utah is once again fighting gay marriage by taking the fight to the US Green court, by asking the high court, on Tuesday December 31, to suspend same-sex unions that became legal wanted judge struck down the state’s voter approved ban.
The state, which is heavily populated by Mormons, once the marriage is to stop while it appeals the judge’s decision, which states banning same-sex marriages violates their right to equal treatment under the law.
The state of Utah has asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to change the decision that has led to over 900 gay marriages so far.
Sotomayor has set a deadline, that that ends on January 3 at noon, to hear arguments from same-sex couples. She can she can either use the court systems or take care of the issue herself.
The lawyers of Utah have each sounded off by saying, “Numerous same-sex marriages are now occurring every day and Utah. Each one is an affront not only to the interests of the state and its citizens it’s being able to define marriage through ordinary democratic channels, but also to this court unique role as the final arbiter.”
There has also been an advertisement of a formal bid requesting outside law firms for help preparing the appeals, according to the Utah Attorney General’s Office. State officials point state officials claim that it may end up costing the state $2 million.
Utah is insisting that states have the authority to define marriage between a man and a woman. Quoted from the filing from Utah, “The states have a powerful interest in controlling the definition of marriage within their borders is indisputable.”
For the record, Utah’s residents have a population that contains 2.8 million that are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The state’s legal and political circles are dominated by the Mormons. One of the forces behind California’s short-lived ban on same-sex marriage, called Proposition 8, was caused by the Mormon Church.