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Lawyers for same-sex couples fight Utah’s request for delay in appeal

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Lawyers for Utah’s same-sex couples are asking a federal appeals court to deny state officials’ request for more time to prepare arguments in defense of Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner Moudi Sbeity are lead plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner Moudi Sbeity are lead plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The lawyers, in a court document filed Saturday, say thousands of same-sex couples are experiencing “immediate and irreparable injury” from being denied the right to marry or from having their marriages recognized by the state each day the appeal continues.

They also maintain there are no “extraordinary circumstances” to justify the delay.

The Utah attorney general’s office, in a motion filed Friday, is asking for a 10-day extension in part to be able bring its newly-chosen team of private attorneys up to speed.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has set an expedited schedule and a deadline of Jan. 27 for opening briefs.

A federal judge overturned Utah’s gay marriage ban on Dec. 20. Hundreds of couples married until the U.S. Supr eme Court halted the weddings on Jan. 6.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. … Cutes couple yet!!! <3 :)

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:23am
  2. A state should always be prepared to defend its laws in court at any time.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:24am
  3. The denial of equal rights under the constitution is illegal! Stop Utah from denying LGBTQ rights!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:25am
  4. Keep up the good fight!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:25am
  5. Cute couple, happy times await them.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:26am
  6. Awww, they look so good together <3

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:31am
  7. Anthony Delaporta, agreed.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:32am
  8. Utah has had months in which to form their arguments, so this is nothing more than a delaying tactic, giving them time to come up with a sneakier way to deny equality.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:32am
  9. Utah has lost. Just get over it and move on.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:32am
  10. it was stupid to let states decide.. i thought marriage was really a federal right considering there are marriage federal laws.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:40am
  11. bless em

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:43am
  12. Just a matter of time – hang in there

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:55am
  13. Typically Republican. Obstruct. Delay. Lie. Cheat. I hope this loving couple will win their good fight!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:07am
  14. wooot get em boys woooohoooo!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:53am
  15. Oh the Utah Hate Parade

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:00am
  16. And when will they file a case against the Church of Latter Day Saints? The state and federal government should, as well as every gay couple in Utah.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:03am
  17. Seeing them together made me smile.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 4:38am
  18. Very cute couple; they look so happy together.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 5:35am
  19. Nation? I am not part of the LGBTQ Nation.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:01am
  20. Love is love.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:05pm
  21. No need for delays it’s time for all marriages

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:36pm
  22. cute couple

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:38pm