Gay couples file response to Utah's appeal on Amendment 3 strike down

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The gay couples filing a lawsuit against amendment 3 have now filed a response to the state’s appeal.  The brief was submitted late last night as a response to Utah’s appeal of a federal judge's decision that struck down amendment 3.

In the filing, the plaintiffs say, "amendment 3 treats plaintiffs and other same-sex couples as legal strangers to one another. It communicates to them and to all the world that their relationships are not as real, valuable, or worthy as those of opposite-sex couples. 

They also say, “these laws do nothing to encourage opposite-sex couples to marry or have children and serve only to stigmatize and harm same-sex couples and their children."

Earlier this month, the state's attorneys filed their opening brief claiming it has the authority "to retain the man-woman definition of marriage that has prevailed not only since the origins of this nation... But since the beginning of history."

Given the significance of the issues in this appeal the plaintiffs request oral arguments on behalf of them and other same-sex couples in our state that wish to marry or have their valid out of state marriage recognized in Utah.

The Utah attorney general's office will file a reply to the plaintiff's brief in the next few weeks. Arguments in the case are scheduled for April.


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