SALT LAKE CITY – In a decision that brings a growing shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it, a federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.
The Salt Lake County clerk’s office later started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby’s 53-page ruling says Utah’s law, which was passed by voters in 2004, violates gay couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages will affect opposite-sex marriages in any way.
The Utah attorney general’s office said it will appeal the ruling and is asking for a stay that will stop marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples in the meantime.1/17/3 side to p6 prostitution
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