Attorneys for same-sex couples challenging Utah’s gay marriage ban argued Friday that the state’s request for a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court is unnecessary.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys argued in a filing that the issue had already been rejected by two lower courts, so the burden rests on the state to prove that those lower courts were “demonstrably wrong.” They also argued that same-sex couples would face “catastrophic and permanent harm” if the stay is granted and they are unable to have their marriages recognized.
The filing responded to Utah’s Tuesday request that the Supreme Court suspend same-sex marriages in the state, pending appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Utah ban on gay marriage violated couples’ equal protection and due process rights under the Constitution.
Filing below, courtesy of Equality Case Files:
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