USA, Utah: Attorney General Asks US Supreme Court to Halt Gay Weddings

Written by scott on January 1st, 2014

Utah Attorney General Sean ReyesThe new Attorney General has immediately petitioned the US Supreme Court for a stay on same sex weddings in the state.

Pink News reports:

The filing made on Tuesday by the state asks Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to overturn the decision. Justice Sotomayor is responsible for emergency requests from Utah. She has set a deadline of noon on Friday for legal briefs from same-sex couples. She may act alone or get other justices involved. Many have noted that the longer the marriages go on, the less likely it will be for any court to put a stay on the ruling.

The judge who made the initial ruling is an unlikely gay rights hero.

The New York Times reports:

For a judge who would go on to make same-sex marriage legal in Utah, a deep-red state where streets in the capital are numbered by their distance from the Mormon temple, Robert J. Shelby arrived on the bench with enthusiastic praise from Republican leaders. He had been a combat engineer in the Persian Gulf conflict and was, according to state voter records, a registered Republican. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a seven-term Utah Republican, recommended him for a federal judgeship, calling him an experienced lawyer “with an unwavering commitment to the law.” Senator Mike Lee, a Tea Party Republican, said that Mr. Shelby was “pre-eminently qualified” and predicted he would be an outstanding judge.

I’m guessing they don’t feel the same now.

Finally, a state representative is considering filing a new amendment, to protect churches from having to host same sex weddings.

Joe.My.God reports:

“The truth is, the main reason I’m proposing this is that I just want people to relax. If they know they have their federal religious guarantees in writing, I hope they will just relax. Like Wayne Gretzky said, ‘A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.’ I think this is where the law is going and want to put some extra protection in place.”

Joe says it best: “a constitutional amendment that exempts churches from participating in gay marriages against their wishes, which has never happened anywhere in the history of everything.”

What will these folks do with their time when they don’t have us to kick around anymore?

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