Married same sex couples planning to sue Utah

Married same sex couples planning to sue Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Governor Gary Herbert's decision to not recognize marriages already legalized for Utah same sex couples is creating another major legal battle against the State. The ACLU of Utah is gathering clients whose marriages are now void for a potential class action lawsuit. It plans to protect those couples' rights.


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Governor Gary Herbert's decision to not recognize marriages already legalized for Utah same sex couples is creating another major legal battle against the State. The ACLU of Utah is gathering clients whose marriages are now not recognized by Utah for a potential class action lawsuit. It plans to protect those couples' rights.

Newlyweds Secily and Julie Keating said for the last few weeks life has been pretty good.

"Elation, joy, a little bit of disbelief," said Secily Saunders Keating, newlywed.

The two were among the first 100 gay and lesbian couples who got married after a federal judge overturned Utah's same sex marriage ban. But Wednesday when Governor Herbert sent out a letter stating the state will not recognize their marriage, or others like them, feelings of joy have turned to pain and sadness.

"It just feels like it's been ripped out of our hands," said Julie Keating, newlywed.

"It's just so hurtful, I can only paint it in a picture of try to be in our shoes, how would you feel if your marriage was instantly invalidated?" said Saunders Keating.

That's why the Keatings plan to join potentially hundreds of same sex couples in a class action lawsuit with the ACLU, and sue the state.

"We're gonna fight for it. For our rights. We're Americans like anybody else," said the Keatings.

The ACLU of Utah wants to fight the Governor's decision in court. It's asking couples with marriages now on hold to fight as one.

"They have the same rights, protections and obligations as any other couple in Utah and they deserve to have their marriages respected and recognized," said John Mejia, ACLU of Utah Legal Director.

The Keatings recognize marriage is almost in their hands, and they can't give up on it now.

"What point is it for us to get married and then weeks later have it taken away from us to just to be silent?" said Saunders Keating.

You're going to hear from those couples coming up this Friday. The LGBT community is planning a rally at the state capitol Friday at 12:30 p.m.

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