ACLU Utah legal director John Mejia said in a statement that the law denies loving, committed couples the protection and dignity of marriage.
The motion comes less than a week after attorneys for the state filed motions defending the ban, saying it promotes the state’s interest in “responsible procreation” and the “optimal mode of child-rearing.”
The state’s motions note Utah is the most-married and “child-centric” state in the nation, and the state has a right to set as policy an “age-old and still predominant” definition of marriage.
“Same-sex couples, who cannot procreate, do not promote the state’s interests in responsible procreation (regardless of whether they harm it),” the state argues.
The ACLU brief is here.
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