ACLU set to announce lawsuit over state not recognizing same-sex marriages
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — The ACLU of Utah is set Tuesday to announce a lawsuit against the state over the decision not to recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed before a stay was issued in the Amendment 3 case.
The civil liberties organization started looking for plaintiffs on Jan. 8, the same day Gov. Gary Herbert's office issued a directive putting state recognition of gay and lesbian newlyweds "on hold," based on counsel from Attorney General Sean Reyes.
The U.S. Supreme Court had issued a stay two days earlier of U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby's Dec. 20 ruling that struck down Utah's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Reyes said his office was not making a determination of the validity of more than 1,000 marriages performed between the ruling and the stay but concluded the language of Amendment 3 did not allow state recognition of the marriages.
On Thursday, the Utah State Tax Commission said same-sex couples married in Utah or any other state before Dec. 31 are able to file their 2013 returns as married.
— Lisa Riley Roche
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: DNewsPolitics
- Scam targets families of LDS missionaries
- Former BYU, non-Mormon professor writes 'in...
- Family frustrated with lack of charges in...
- LDS missionary Mason Wells returns home 37...
- Provo transit project set to begin, despite...
- Man killed in officer-involved shooting in...
- Chaffetz attorney calls FEC complaint claims...
- Brewvies wants judge to stop DABC from...
- Poll: 66 percent of Utahns support... 51
- BYU will buy Provo High School for... 49
- LDS Church hires assistant church... 40
- Sen. Ted Cruz secures second Utah... 27
- Council approves policy banning dating... 26
- Report: Spending on charter students... 21
- Utah council wants governor, A.G. probe... 18
- FEC complaint filed against Chaffetz by... 16