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Appeals court gives Utah more time to prepare for same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has granted Utah’s request for more time to prepare opening arguments in defense of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Court documents show the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the state seven more days, extending the deadline to Feb. 3.

Utah had asked for a 10-day extension to brief a team of out-of-state attorneys hired to handle the case.

Attorneys for the same-sex couples who brought the lawsuit opposed any delays but say they appreciate the court’s efforts to stay on a tight schedule.

The court is reviewing a decision by a federal judge who overturned Utah’s gay marriage ban Dec. 20. Hundreds of couples married until the U.S. Supreme Court halted the weddings on Jan. 6.

The appeals court is expected to rule in the next several months.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. wtf they dont need time to file an appeal they have no actual grounds to deny consenting couples the right to marry

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:15pm
  2. Ugh

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:17pm
  3. most likely the same republican appointed judge that allowed the stay.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:17pm
  4. Let them, that way when they lose, they will have a little less to whine about

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:19pm
  5. Let them take their time. At the end of it all, they’re STILL not going to have a credible leg to stand on.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:20pm
  6. What the hell is there to prepare for? they have the marriage licenses, they have the JOPs, they have the tax forms for filing jointly. The only thing they need to prepare for are the long lines of people wanting to get married, at best!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:21pm
  7. Damn lets just strike it down and get on with love!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:21pm
  8. they have had that bible for 2,000 years. That’s the only bullshit they have to stand on.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:21pm
  9. Giving them the time is one less thing they can use as an excuse when they LOOSE.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:22pm
  10. They don’t need more time!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:22pm
  11. Feb 3rd isn’t bad

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:24pm
  12. Just delaying the inevitable…waste of time and money.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:27pm
  13. Go ahead, the die is cast. Utah may just be the state/case which allows for the Supreme Court to overturn all anti-marriage bans as unconstitutional. Savor the irony, we have time.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:28pm
  14. Bullshit…they got caught…their lawyers said get his ass back in school fast.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:41pm
  15. Ignorance and hate should be OUT OF TIME! Stop legitimizing bigotry, fear and religious intrusion!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:42pm
  16. Yes. All of history was NOT enough time.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:20pm
  17. Haters

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:54pm
  18. Pathetic!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:20am
  19. I wish that these people can understand what gay couples are going through without no freedom and justice for all. Say no to straight marriage and say yes to gay marriage

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:53am
  20. they shouldnt need more time, if they cant go to court now throw the case out they have no proof to be able to stop it

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:07am
  21. These bigots are so sure of their stance, why do they need so much time to back it up?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:34am
  22. Their is no case in the first place stop giveing these people time

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:35am
  23. Bullshit

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:45am